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Cellist Karl Huros alights a helicopter for his 2007 performance in Stockhausen's Helicopter Quartet, taken from his opera cycle Light.
August 27, 2012 There's music by Karlheinz Stockhausen and a few others, but why isn't science fiction a more popular point of departure for modern composers?
December 8, 2007 Avant-garde composer Karlheinz Stockhausen died at his home in western Germany on Wednesday. He was 79. To the casual listener, a representative Stockhausen composition might not seem musical. But his work earned him the admiration of a diverse group of musical luminaries, including Pierre Boulez, Frank Zappa and David Bowie. Even The Beatles gave him a spot on the cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. He's in the back row, the fifth person from the left. As a pioneer in the world of electronic music, Stockhausen is revered for his early recording experiments. In a 1972 demonstration, Stockhausen described how he spent time working with sine wave generators to try to recreate the sounds of nature.
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December 7, 2007 German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen died Wednesday after a short illness. From his outrageous compositions (such as the Quartet for strings and four helicopters) to his many lectures, Stockhausen was one of the most vibrant voices in avant-garde music.
November 21, 2007 In his new book The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, critic Alex Ross explores the richness of classical music created in turbulent times. Out of 100 years of music, Ross picks five classics for curious listeners.
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