Heikinheimo, Seppo


The Electronic Music of Karlheinz Stockhausen. Studies on the Esthetical and Formal Problems of its First Phase

Helsinki: Sanomapaino Oy.

Language(s): English


Acoustics Analysis Structural Analysis Graphic Score Electronic Music Serialism


The author analyses the four early electronic works (see table of contents) of Karlheinz Stockhausen to determine which factors led the composer to realise these works and to define his concepts of musical form. Stockhausen’s instrumental music aesthetic is found to be closely related to his first experiences in electronic music. With a study of musical form, the author links the four electronic works to certain instrumental works.

Table of Contents:

  1. The starting point
  2. Studie I
  3. Studie II
  4. The period preceding Gesang des Jünglinge
  5. Gesang des Jünglinge
  6. The period preceding Kontakte
  7. Kontakte