2008 Student Research Conference:
21st Annual Student Research Conference

A Total Aesthetic Experience: The Clarinet Music of Karlheinz Stockhausen
Erin H. Miesner
Dr. Jesse D. Krebs, Faculty Mentor

Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007) was one of the foremost composers of avant-garde music from the 1950s until his death in 2007. Many of his compositions focus on transforming the music performance into a total aesthetic experience with the incorporation of movement and staging. This concept was further developed by Stockhausen's relationship with the clarinetist Suzanne Stephens, who inspired him to compose a series of clarinet works. He wrote over thirty works for her to perform which included extended techniques and choreographed movements. In my presentation, I will discuss the life and work of Stockhausen and explore the impact of his friendship with Suzanne Stephens. I will also focus on the performance technique of the piece In Freundschaft and perform excerpts from it.

Keywords: Karlheinz Stockhausen, Suzanne Stephens, In Freundschaft, clarinet, avant-garde music, choreographed music


Presentation Type: Performance Art

Session: 21-3
Location: OP Performance Hall
Time: 10:15

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