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January 03, 2023


A very controversial aesthetic. Thank you for your guide to the perplexing.

No Kontakte? No Momente??
But thank you for lauding a tough customer like KS (who only made it tougher with public utterances like that re 9/11 -- which he actually nailed). He was my intro to the avant garde, too, hearing at age 12 the Kontarsky recording of Zyklus and Refrain and thinking, "This isn't music, it's better!"
Stpockhausen's widow, artist Mary Bauermeister, is a force in her own right...

Thanks, Peter. I had to pick 12, so I was bound to leave something out. Hymnen & Zyklus were the impetus for me to check out as much as I could! I own the first 45 of the Stockhausen-Verlag CDs ... they're expensive but worth every penny for the commentary and details. I was debating between Kontakte & Mikrophonie, but like I said, had to settle on 12.

For newbies, dontcha think STIMMUNG is a good recommend ... Best, Lew

btw, the 9/11 comment was both mistranslated and misunderstood. People rarely understand the nuances of genius.

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