Radio New Zealand - Stockhausen Series w/Robin Maconie

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Starts at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Karlheinz Stockhausen is the subject of this three part series written and voiced by author and composer Robin Maconie in conjunction with Radio New Zealand Concert producer Owen Armour and engineer Jeremy Ansell

Program 1 - An Introduction to Karlheinz Stockhausen - 7pm on Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Program 2  - Karlheinz Stockhausen's Electronic Music - 7pm on Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Program 3 - Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Legacy - 7pm on Wednesday, 17 August 2011

From 1952 until his death in 2007 the German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen was a dominating force in the postwar world of contemporary art music: as a researcher into western musical DNA, as inventor of complex musical puzzles, as time-travelling leader in musical electronics, and as an emblematic tragic realist in the German tradition of Faust and Nietzsche

Despite his leading reputation in European art music, extending to Lennon and McCartney of the Beatles, as well as avant-garde jazz trumpeter Miles Davis, Stockhausen's difficult and uncompromising music is seldom performed outside Europe and remains largely unknown to the general public

For over forty years - four-fifths of the composer's mature creative life - New Zealand composer and writer Robin Maconie has studied, listened, and reported on Stockhausen's aesthetic and artistic development from 1964 until his death in December 2007. Since 1976 he has published four books and a 1980 BBC television documentary on Stockhausen, including Stockhausen on Music, coauthored with the composer, and most recently Other Planets: the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen (2005). These titles remain in print and are obtainable online.

To explain how this strange music works, where it belongs in the history of music, who it has touched, and how to listen to it, in three copiously illustrated hour-long programmes Maconie examines the life and development of Stockhausen as a cultural survivor and artistic rebel, his contribution to musical electronics and the aesthetic of the global village, and his aesthetic and creative legacy, which has not only influenced younger generations of techno musicians but also touched the older generation of Elliott Carter and Stravinsky, leading them out of the doldrums of neoclassicism into a new and luminous vitality of musical expressionism.

This series was produced by Radio New Zealand

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