‘He liberated the whole world of sound and this, in turn, has liberated the listener’
Karlheinz Stockhausen is a name familiar to many who are engaged with the arts. Lots of people have heard of him even if they have not heard his music. His reputation extends far and wide and often it’s his reputation, rather than his work, that informs opinions.
For the tenth anniversary of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s death, Robert Worby looks back at the composer’s defining masterpieces – music that demands to be heard – and felt – live.
Stockhausen: Stimmung & Cosmic Pulses is performed on 20 November in the Barbican Hall.