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Karlheinz Stockhausen Quotes and Sayings

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I have composed several pieces which are performed outdoors,
not only in the auditoria.
- Karlheinz Stockhausen

And I'm always interested when other musicians are
trying to discover new worlds of sound.
- Karlheinz Stockhausen

And the invention of transformations of certain figures
has become the most important in musical composition.
- Karlheinz Stockhausen

One experiments and has to choose always the best results.
- Karlheinz Stockhausen

 

And harmony means that the relationship between all
the elements used in a composition is balanced,
is good.
- Karlheinz Stockhausen

Whenever I felt happy about having discovered something,
the first encounter, not only with the public,
with other musicians, with specialists,
etc, was that they rejected it.
- Karlheinz Stockhausen

I became aware that all sounds can make meaningful language.
- Karlheinz Stockhausen

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I no longer limit myself.
- Karlheinz Stockhausen

So there is a personal sense of style for a given work -
I don't like a general style,
but every work has its own style, and I want to create a style for every work.
- Karlheinz Stockhausen

In particular what is most important to me is the transformation
of a sound by slowing it down,
sometimes extremely, so that the inner of sound becomes a conceivable rhythm.
- Karlheinz Stockhausen

It is true that the eyes dominate the ears in our time.
- Karlheinz Stockhausen

But since the middle of the century in particular,
the music has become very irregular in rhythm.
- Karlheinz Stockhausen

Schaeffer gave me permission to work in the studio with a technician,
but I've never worked with him.
- Karlheinz Stockhausen

Or in other works I have also projected the sound in a cube of loudspeakers.
The sound can move vertically and diagonally at all
speeds around the public.
- Karlheinz Stockhausen

But I'm an adventurer.
I like invention, I like discovery.
- Karlheinz Stockhausen

And I'll never forget the first time I took the possibility
to project sound every day for six or seven hours with
special devices which were built for me.
- Karlheinz Stockhausen

Repetition is based on body rhythms,
so we identify with the heartbeat,
or with walking, or with breathing.
- Karlheinz Stockhausen

Since I started composing I have always worked with series of tempos,
even superimposed the music of different groups of musicians,
of singers, instrumentalists who play and sing in different
tempos simultaneously and then meet every now and then in the same tempo.
- Karlheinz Stockhausen

Or the other process that is important is that I compress
longer sections of composed music,
either found or made by myself, to such an extent that
the rhythm becomes a timbre,
and formal subdivisions become rhythm.
- Karlheinz Stockhausen

And when they encounter works of art which show that
using new media can lead to new experiences and to new consciousness,
and expand our senses, our perception,
our intelligence, our sensibility, then they will become
interested in this music.
- Karlheinz Stockhausen

I spent most of the year in the studio for electronic
music at a radio station in Cologne or in other studios
where I produced new works with all kinds of electronic apparatus.
- Karlheinz Stockhausen

No, what is important is neither linearity or non-linearity,
but the change, the degree of change from something
that doesn't move to other events with different tempos in particular.
- Karlheinz Stockhausen

But being quiet and meditating on sound is something
completely different and will be discovered very soon
by a lot of people who feel that the visual world doesn't
reach their soul anymore.
- Karlheinz Stockhausen

When written in Chinese, the word "crisis"
is composed of two characters.
One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
- John F. Kennedy PHOTO

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. PHOTO

It is well to remember that the
entire population of the universe,
with one trifling exception, is composed of others.
- Andrew J. Holmes

Life is like music; it must be composed by ear,
feeling, and instinct, not by rule.
- Samuel Butler

Our life is composed greatly from dreams, from the unconscious,
and they must be brought into connection with action.
They must be woven together.
- Anais Nin

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
- Aristotle

Half the world is composed of idiots,
the other half, of people clever enough
to take indecent advantage of them.
- Walter Kerr

A painting that is well composed is half finished.
- Pierre Bonnard

The scientific theory I like best is that the rings
of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage.
- Mark Russell

The worst government is often the most moral.
One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane.
But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression.
- H. L. Mencken

If human beings are fundamentally good,
no government is necessary; if they are fundamentally bad,
any government, being composed of human beings,
would be bad also.
- Fred Woodworth

We are composed of self-contradictions.
Each of us is loving in some moments - hateful in others.
Patient and calm sometimes - harried by urgency at others.
Understanding - and self-absorbed.
Reassuring - and sarcastic.
Generous - and greedy.
Trusting - and jealous.
Comforting - and snappish.
Original - and stuck in a rut.
Thankful - and needy.
Forgiving - and vengeful.
Nurturing ourself - and stuffing ourself with fast food.
Honoring our bodies - and overstressing.
Being Joyful - and Suffering.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The snow itself is lonely or, if you prefer,
self-sufficient.
There is no other time when the whole world seems composed
of one thing and one thing only.
- Joseph Wood Krutch

A vow is a purely religious act
which cannot be taken in a fit of passion.
It can be taken only with a mind purified
and composed and with God as witness.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

There can be no proof that Blake's lyric is composed
of the best words in the best order;
only a conviction,
accepted by our knowledge and judgment,
that it is so.
- John Drinkwater

The good, the admirable reader identifies himself not
with the boy or the girl in the book,
but with the mind that conceived and composed that book.
- Vladimir Nabokov

My mother had to explain that one couldn't compose
a Liszt rhapsody because it was a piece of music that
Liszt himself had composed.
- Sergei Prokofiev

Common sense is the measure of the possible;
it is composed of experience and prevision;
it is calculation applied to life.
- Henri Frederic Amiel

Forever is composed of nows.
- Emily Dickinson

Fundamentally, American society is composed of individuals
who don't go out of their way to do each other favours.
- Jacques Delors

A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people,
trained in arms, is the best most natural defense of a free country.
- James Madison

Our political machine, composed of thirteen independent sovereignties,
have been perpetually operating against each other
and against the federal head ever since the peace.
- Henry Knox

I was never a quick writer, but composed with great care and efforts.
- Joseph Haydn

A well-composed book is a magic carpet on which we
are wafted to a world that we cannot enter in any other way.
- Caroline Gordon

Remember likewise there are persons who love fewer words,
an inoffensive sort of people, and who deserve some regard,
though of too still and composed tempers for you.
- Joseph Butler

Here we have a baby.
It is composed of a bald head and a pair of lungs.
- Eugene Field

The grand jury, composed of 12 eminent New Orleans citizens,
heard our evidence and indicted the defendant for participation
in a conspiracy to assassinate John Kennedy.
- Jim Garrison

The human species, according to the best theory I can form of it,
is composed of two distinct races, the men who borrow and the men who lend.
- Charles Lamb

Everything great in the world comes from neurotics.
They alone have founded our religions and composed our masterpieces.
- Marcel Proust

Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes.
- Walt Whitman

Our army is composed of the scum of the earth -
the mere scum of the earth.
- Duke of Wellington

The Passion narratives are the first pieces of the
Gospels that were composed as a unity.
- Hans Urs von Balthasar

Happiness is composed of misfortunes avoided.
- Alphonse Karr

Life is a wave, which in no two consecutive moments
of its existence is composed of the same particles.
- John Tyndall

Friendship is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
- Titus Maccius Plautus

Life is composed of different inventions.
- Mikhail Kalashnikov

Sounds like the blues are composed of feeling,
finesse, and fear.
- Billy Gibbons

Persecution was at least a sign of personal interest.
Tolerance is composed of nine parts of apathy to one of brotherly love.
- Frank Moore Colby

Work on good prose has three steps: a musical stage when it is composed,
an architectonic one when it is built,
and a textile one when it is woven.
- Walter Benjamin

Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't,
and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.
- Robert Frost

The court is like a palace of marble;
it's composed of people very hard and very polished.
- Jean de la Bruyere

Of whatsoever number a fleet of ships of war is composed,
it is usually divided into three squadrons;
and these,
if numerous, are again separated into divisions.
- William Falconer

Just as the water of a river near its mouth,
in its final form, is composed largely of many tributaries,
so an idea, in its final form, is composed largely of later additions.
- Willy Ley

The dangers which threaten us are twofold:
First,
from the Confederate forces, composed of men whose
earnest convictions and reckless bravery it is idle to deny.
- Robert Dale Owen

Although Freud said happiness is composed of love and work,
reality often forces us to choose love or work.
- Letty Cottin Pogrebin

It is well to remember that the entire universe,
with one trifling exception, is composed of others.
- John Andrew Holmes

Our experience is composed rather of illusions that of wisdom acquired.
- Joseph Roux

A jury is composed of twelve men of average ignorance.
- Herbert Spencer


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