Karlheinz Stockhausen

(1928 - 2007)
Karlheinz Stockhausen was a German composer, widely acknowledged by critics as one of the most important but also controversial composers of the 20th and early 21st centuries. Another critic calls him "one of the great visionaries of 20th-century music". He is known for his ground-breaking work in electronic music, aleatory in serial composition, and musical spatialisation. He was educated at the Hochschule für Musik Köln and the University of Cologne, and later studied with Olivier Messiaen in Paris, and with Werner Meyer-Eppler at the University of Bonn. One of the leading figures of the Darmstadt School, his compositions and theories were and remain widely influential, not only on composers of art music, but also on jazz and popular music. His works, composed over a period of nearly sixty years, eschew traditional forms. In addition to electronic music—both with and without live performers—they range from miniatures for musical boxes through works for solo instruments, songs, chamber music, choral and orchestral music, to a cycle of seven full-length operas. His theoretical and other writings comprise ten large volumes. He received numerous prizes and distinctions for his compositions, recordings, and for the scores produced by his publishing company.

Karlheinz Stockhausen Composition Timpani and Percussion Requirements


No Timpani + 12 percussion
6 tam tams, 6 tambourines, 4 log drums, vibraphone, 4 octave xylophone, 5 octave marimba, 23 suspended cymbals, 30 cowbells on stands, glockenspiel, 3 snare drums, 12 tom toms, 2 triangles, ratchet, tubular bells, woodblock


Solo Percussion and Solo Piano doubling percussion

Instruments for the pianist - wood chimes, G4 and A#4 wood blocks, 4 tuned almglocken F3, C#4, F#4, C5, crotales C, F, B, suspended cymbal, hi hats, small Indian bells on stand, small bongo with added dried beans, several trap trays

Instruments for the percussionist - 4.3 octave marimba, 3 wooden drums (concert tom toms with wooden heads) diameters approx 45cm, 35 cm, and 25cm, large guiro on stand, wood chimes, D4 and F#4 wood block, 4 tuned almglocken Bb3, E4, A4, D#5, high octave crotales, 20" tam tam on high stand, large suspended cymbal on stand, hi hats, small Indian bells on stand, bongo drum with added dried beans, 4 tom toms Bb2, F3, Bb3, E3, snare drum, several trap trays 

Shared instruments - medium tam tam (at least 75cm), tuned gong, large (maybe the low f#)

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