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Latest Karlheinz Stockhausen Stories

2008-09-23 00:00:22

By Martin Anderson Avant-garde Jewish-Argentinian composer whose absurdist works turned convention on its head "With humour it becomes possible to express a wide spectrum of ideas" - an unusual thought for a contemporary composer. But then Mauricio Kagel was an unusual composer, his standing as perpetual outsider giving him a unique vantage-point. Kagel was deadly serious about not taking life seriously and took a subversive delight in turning convention on its head. Kagel's mind saw...

2008-07-16 09:00:52

By Vivien Schweitzer It started with a dream he had, in which a string quartet performed with its members flying separately in four helicopters. "It was so strange, I thought that if I suggested it, people would think I was round the bend," Karlheinz Stockhausen, the visionary avant-garde German composer who died last year at 79, says in a film just released on DVD by Medici Arts. Yet that dream actually came to fruition. And the film, intelligently directed by Frank Scheffer, documents...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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