The Influence of Karlheinz Stockhausen in Pop Music


Karlheinz Stockhausen was an influential electric sound musical composer. He was famous because he never followed the old musical tradition. His electronic compositions pioneered blending of live and electronic performance, sampling, and serial musical techniques, and developed electronic music.

Karlheinz Stockhausen influenced many renowned music enthusiasts. He influenced John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s music. In fact, Karlheinz Stockhausen’s picture was put in the cover of The Beatles album, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club band.” The song, “Strawberry Fields Forever,” was influenced by Stockhausen’s music. Techno music was believed to evolve from him. Stockhausen influenced techno music of Frank Zappa and David Bowie. Miles Davis also told that Stockhausen was an influence.

The works of Stockhausen influenced the works of Franco Evangelisti, Wlodzimierz Kotonski. Igor Stravinsky’s “Threni” was influenced by Stockhausen “Zeitmasse” and “Gruppen.” “Gruppen” also influenced Aldous Huxley’s “In Memoriam.” Jean-Claude Eloy, a French composer, said that Stockhausen was an important composer of the century. Per Norgard was deeply moved upon hearing Stockhausen’s “Kontakte,” begun composing like Stockhausen.

In 1996, Frank Zappa recognized the composer’s greatness in the liner notes of “Freak Out!” Also, guitarist, Pete Townsend, became interested in Stockhausen and expressed this at the back of their album, “Happy Jack.” Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead, psychedelic groups in San Francisco told that their music was composed the way Stockhausen did. The founding members of the Can band, Irmin Schmidt and Holger Czukay as well as Kraftwerk pioneers studied the music of Stockhausen. “A Day in a Life,” and “Revolution 9” was influenced by the great composer. Bjork, the musician from Iceland, claimed that Stockhausen influenced her music.

Stockhaussen’s “Momente” was the turning point where Dutch composer Louis Andriessen created his own “Contra tempus in 1968. “Momente,” “Hymnen,” and “Inori” influenced his classmate Wolfgang Rihm. A jazz musician also pointed out their influence was Stockhausen such as Cecil Taylor, Charles Mingus, Herbie Hancock, Yusef Lateef and Anthony Braxton.

All over the world of music, Stockhausen was an influence and a precursor of new and innovative music. He was born in Burg Modrath in 1928 and World War II left an imprint in him. His father was a teacher and her mother came from a wealthy family of farmers. She loved music but after giving birth, she suffered mental breakdown. To support himself in studying for music at Cologne Music School, he played jazz.

“Gesang der Junglinge” was his first breakthrough in music, and “Kontakte” was a combination of live performance and recorded material. He lectured at Internationale Ferienkurse fur Neue Musik and he lectured and performed in concert across Europe, North America, and Asia.

Stockhausen received several awards such as the 1964 gramaphone critics award, 1966 and 1972 SIMC award for orchestral works, 968 Grand Art Prize for Music of the State of North Rhine-Westfalia, 2005 German Music Publishers Society Award for the score of Hoch-Zeiten for choir, 2003 German Music Publishers Society Award for the score of Michaelion, a 2001 German Music Publishers Society Award for the score Helicopter String Quartet, In 2000-2001, he won Karlheinz Stockhausen won the Golden Dove (first prize) at the International Festival for Animated Film in Leipzig and several highly distinguished awards.

This German composer was able to compose 350 pieces of classical music. These works were great products of his own innovation.

 

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