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Karlheinz Stockhausen: Helicopter String Quartet

Arditti String Quartet

Karlheinz Stockhausen: Helicopter String Quartet Arditti String Quartet


Behind the scenes of the premier of "The Helicopter String Quartet" he dreamt of it and he did it.

Karlheinz Stockhausen is the composer of the superlative: in everything, he is "the most" (crazy, prolific, demanding, committed, innovative, radical, extravagant, etc.). Born near Cologne in 1928, he left a world that had become too small for him on December 5th, 2007. Before doing so he left three hundred and sixty works which experiment with all genres: serialism, electronics, pointillism, quotations, the collage and the aleotary. He will be remembered as a master of electro-acoustic music and of the spatialisation of sound, as revealed in this documentary dedicated to the world premiere, on June 26th, 1995 at the Holland Festival, of his Helicopter String Quartet.

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  • Venue: Holland Festival (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • Production date: 1996
  • Recording date: 1996
  • Duration: 1 h 19 min
  • Production: © Holland Festival / Allegri Film
  • Available version(s): EN


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