Born in 1928, in a small town on the outskirts of Köln, Karlheinz Stockhausen would grow up to become not just a revered composer, but a musical revolutionary. Stockhausen didn’t just produce new compositions, he transformed perceptions about what could be considered as music, drawing on new electronic technology of the 1950s to expand on the ideas of musique concrète. Such was his impact, it extended well beyond classical music, influencing acts such as The Beatles and Kraftwerk.
In the twelfth episode of of our monthly podcast series, Think Aloud, presenter Harriet Fitch Little is joined by Southbank Centre's Director of Music, Gillian Moore and hears from the musician, Actress, about the legacy and impact of the influential composer.
Stockhausen: Cosmic Prophet is a celebration and exploration of the work of the German composer, which takes place on set dates between 14 May and 2 June. The series features the premiere of the new work from Actress, concerts from Pierre Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich, and a rare performance of the opera Donnerstag aus Licht.