Karlheinz Stockhausen (German pronunciation: [kaʁlˈhaɪnts ˈʃtɔkhaʊzn̩]; 22 August 1928 – 5 December 2007) was a German composer, widely acknowledged by critics as one of the most important (Barrett 1988, 45; Harvey 1975b, 705; Hopkins 1972, 33; Klein 1968, 117) but also controversial (Power 1990, 30) composers of the 20th and early 21st centuries. Another critic calls him "one of the great visionaries of 20th-century music" (Hewett 2007). He is known for his groundbreaking work in electronic music, aleatory (controlled chance) in serial composition, and musical spatialization.

He was educated at the Hochschule für Musik Köln and the University of Cologne, later studying with Olivier Messiaen in Paris and with Werner Meyer-Eppler at the University of Bonn. One of the leading figures of the Darmstadt School, his compositions and theories were and remain widely influential, not only on composers of art music, but also on jazz and popular music. His works, composed over a period of nearly sixty years, eschew traditional forms. In addition to electronic music—both with and without live performers—they range from miniatures for musical boxes through works for solo instruments, songs, chamber music, choral and orchestral music, to a cycle of seven full-length operas. His theoretical and other writings comprise ten large volumes. He received numerous prizes and distinctions for his compositions, recordings, and for the scores produced by his publishing company.

His notable compositions include the series of nineteen Klavierstücke (Piano Pieces), Kontra-Punkte for ten instruments, the electronic/musique-concrète Gesang der Jünglinge, Gruppen for three orchestras, the percussion solo Zyklus, Kontakte, the cantata Momente, the live-electronic Mikrophonie I, Hymnen, Stimmung for six vocalists, Aus den sieben Tagen, Mantra for two pianos and electronics, Tierkreis, Inori for soloists and orchestra, and the gigantic opera cycle Licht.

He died of sudden heart failure at the age of 79, on 5 December 2007 at his home in Kürten, Germany.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1960 Kontakte Karlheinz Stockhausen 3
1960 Kontakte Refrain Zyklus Karlheinz Stockhausen 1
1962 Gesang Der Jünglinge - Kontakte Karlheinz Stockhausen 1
1968 Prozession Karlheinz Stockhausen 1
1969 Hymnen Karlheinz Stockhausen 4
1970 Aus den sieben Tagen Karlheinz Stockhausen; Musique Vivante, Diego Masson 2
1970 Illimité Karlheinz Stockhausen 1
1970 Opus 1970 Karlheinz Stockhausen 1
1972 Ensemble Karlheinz Stockhausen 1
1976 Ceylon / Bird of Passage Karlheinz Stockhausen 1
1978 Harlekin Karlheinz Stockhausen / Suzanne Stephens 1
1980 Donnerstag aus Licht Karlheinz Stockhausen 2
1986 Unsichtbare Chöre - Choeurs invisibles Karlheinz Stockhausen 1
1987 Stimmung (Singcircle) Karlheinz Stockhausen 1
1988 Klavierstücke Vol. III Karlheinz Stockhausen; Bernhard Wambach 1
1988 Piano Pieces I-VIII (Bernhard Wambach) Karlheinz Stockhausen 1
1988 Samstag aus Licht Karlheinz Stockhausen 1
1990 Mantra (pianos: Yvar Mikhashoff, Rosalind Bevan, electronics: Ole Ørsted) Karlheinz Stockhausen 1
1991 Elektronische Musik 1952-1960 Karlheinz Stockhausen 1
1991 Formel / Schlagtrio / Spiel / Punkte Karlheinz Stockhausen 1
1992 Kontra-Punkte / Zeitmasze / Stop / Adieu Stockhausen 1
1992 Montag aus Licht Karlheinz Stockhausen 1
1992 Sirius (1975-77) Elektronische Musik und Trompete, Sopran, Baßklarinette, Baß Karlheinz Stockhausen 1
1992 Sternklang (1969-71) Parkmusik für 5 Gruppen Karlheinz Stockhausen 1
1993 Klavierstücke I-XI / Mikrophonie I & II Karlheinz Stockhausen 1
1993 Mixtur (1967) Karlheinz Stockhausen 1
1993 Spiral Karlheinz Stockhausen 1
1993 Stockhausen 29 - Der Jahreslauf Karlheinz Stockhausen 1
1994 Klavierstuecke Karlheinz Stockhausen; David Tudor 1
1994 Oktophonie Karlheinz Stockhausen 1
1995 Mantra (Andreas Grau, Gotz Schumacher) Karlheinz Stockhausen 1
1995 Prozession / Ceylon Stockhausen 1
1996 Aus Den Sieben Tagen Karlheinz Stockhausen 2
1996 Dienstag Aus Licht Karlheinz Stockhausen 1
1997 Orchester-Finalisten (vom Mittwoch aus LICHT) Karlheinz Stockhausen 1
1999 Mantra Karlheinz Stockhausen 1
2000 Helikopter-quartett Karlheinz Stockhausen; Arditti Quartet 1
2000 Litanei 97/Kurzwellen (world première Radio Bremen, 1968) Karlheinz Stockhausen 1
2002 Stockhausen 64 - Europa-Gruss / Stop und Start / Two Couples / Electronic and Concrete Music for Komet / Licht-Ruf Karlheinz Stockhausen 1
2003 Tierkreis: 12 Melodien Der Sternzeichen Karlheinz Stockhausen 1
2003 Freitag aus Licht Karlheinz Stockhausen 1
2004 Bassoon XX Jolivet, Gubaidulina, Villa-Lobos, Françaix, Stockhausen, Coltrane, Prokofiev, Stravinsky; Rino Vernizzi, New Music Studium, Antonio Plotino 1
2006 Eötvös Conducts Stockhausen Karlheinz Stockhausen 1
2006 Freude (2. Stunde aus KLANG, Die 24 Stunden des Tages) Karlheinz Stockhausen 1
2006 Himmelfahrt (2004-05) Version für Synthesizer, Sopran und Tenor (1. Stunde aus KLANG, Die 24 Stunden des Tages) Karlheinz Stockhausen 1
2007 Stimmung Karlheinz Stockhausen; Theatre of Voices, Paul Hillier 1
2007 Tierkreis Karlheinz Stockhausen, Axel Fries; Schlagwerk Nordwest Percussion Ensemble 1
2007 Cosmic Pulses Karlheinz Stockhausen 1
2007 Natürliche Dauern (2005-06, 3. Stunde aus KLANG, Die 24 Stunden des Tages) Karlheinz Stockhausen 1
2008 Tierkreis Karlheinz Stockhausen - Laborintus 1
2010 Mantra Karlheinz Stockhausen; Pestova/Meyer Piano Duo, Jan Panis 1
2010 Harlekin Karlheinz Stockhausen; Michele Marelli 1
2011 Karlheinz Stockhausen Karlheinz Stockhausen; Zeitkratzer 1
2012 Karlheinz Stockhausen dirigiert W. A. Mozart, Joseph Haydn; Karlheinz Stockhausen 1
2013 Amour / Der Kleine Harlekin / Wochenkreis Karlheinz Stockhausen; Michele Marelli 1
2015 [R]evolution: Stockhausen: 8 Klavierstück / Beffa: Suite / Stravinsky: Trois mouvements de Petrouchka Stockhausen, Beffa, Stravinsky; Vanessa Benelli Mosell 1
2016 Aus Den Sieben Tagen Zeitkratzer + Keiji Haino, Stockhausen 2
2016 Light Scriabin, Stockhausen; Vanessa Benelli Mosell 1
Kurzwellen Karlheinz Stockhausen 1
Mantra Stockhausen; Ellen Corver, Sepp Grotenhuis 1
Michaels Reise Solisten-Version Karlheinz Stockhausen 1
Sternklang (Disc B) Karlheinz Stockhausen 1
Stockhausen: In Freundschaft / Traum-Formel / Amour (Clarinet: Suzanne Stephans) Karlheinz Stockhausen 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 New Directions in Music Stockhausen / Boulez 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Mikrophonie I and II, Telemusik Karlheinz Stockhausen 1
Klavierstücke I-XI, Volume 1 (Herbert Henck) Karlheinz Stockhausen 1
Zyklus-Refrain-Kontakte Karlheinz Stockhausen 1

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