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Mauricio Kagel (1931-2008)

Mauricio Kagel, composerMauricio Kagel was an avant-garde composer whose often absurdist works blurred the boundaries between music, theater and film. He grew up in Buenos Aires, where his parents had fled from the Soviet Union in the 1920s. Although he took private lessons on piano, organ and cello, as well as in singing, conducting and theory, he was self-taught as a composer. At the encouragement of the composer Pierre Boulez, he left for West Germany in 1957 and settled in Cologne, where he conducted concerts of contemporary music with the Rhineland Chamber Orchestra and was a visiting lecturer at the Darmstadt summer courses for new music. In 1969 he was named director of the Institute of New Music at the Rheinische Musikschule in Cologne and the successor to Stockhausen as the director of the Cologne Courses for New Music. He helped found the Cologne Ensemble for New Music. In 1974 he became the professor of new music and theater at the Musikhochschule in Cologne. By temperament a dadaist and provocateur, Mr. Kagel drew on the musical examples of composers like John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen. In “Anagrama,” a work from the 1950s, singers and instrumentalists were called on to emit notes, squeaks, whispers and shouts corresponding to an elaborate system derived from the letters in a Latin palindrome.
 - William Grimes/The New York Times

COMPOSITIONS                                                            Kagel Links     ~ ~ ~     Works by Genre
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WORKS BY GENRE                                                            Kagel Links     ~ top of page ~
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Dramatic/Theater
Musica para la torre, tape and lighting (1952)
Sur scene (Kammermusikalisches Theaterstuck) (1958-60; fp. 1962)
Journal de theatre, situations for instrumetns, actors, etc. (1960)
Antithese, electronics and environmental sounds (1962; fp. 1963)
    - rev. for actor, electronics and environmental sounds (1962; fp. 1963)
    - film version (1965; NDR TV, 1 April 1966)
Diaphonie (I), chorus, orchestra and 2 slide projectors (1962-64; fp. 1965)
Diaphonie (II), orchestra and 2 slide projectors (1962-64)
Diaphonie (III), chorus and 2 or more slide projectors (1962-64)
Musik aus Diaphonie, 6-10 performers and 2 slide projectors (1962-64)
Prima vista, 2 ensembles and 2 slide projectors (1962-64; fp. 1969)
Die Frauen (1962-64; unfinished)
Phonophonie (4 melodramas), [????] (1963-64; fp. 1965)
Tremens (szenische Montage eines Tests), [????] (1963-65; fp. 1966)
Variaktionen uber Tremens, 1963-65
Musik aus Tremens, 1963-65
Schlag auf Schlag, 1963-64 [from Tremens]
Camera oscura (chromatisches Spiel), 1965; fp. 1976
Die Himmelsmechanik (Komposition mit Buhnenbildern), 1965; fp. 1969
Pas de cinq (Wandelszene), 1965; fp. 1966
Kommentar + Extempore (Selbstgesprache mit Gesten), 1966-67
Solo (film, Schnebel: visible music II), 1966-67) [collaboration w/Feussner]
Duo (film, Schnebel: visible music f), 1967-68; fp 1969) [collaboration w/Feussner]
Staatstheater (szenische Komposition), 1967-70; fp. 1971
    - Repertoire (szenisches Konzertstuck)
    - Einspielungen
    - Ensemble
    - Debut
    - Saison (Sing-Spiel)
    - Spielplan (lnstrumentalmusik in Aktion)
    - Kontra -7 Danse (Ballett rur Nicht- Tanzer)
    - Freifahrt (gleitende Kammermusik)
    - Parkett (konzertante Massenszenen)
Variaktionen, 1966-67
Musik aus Variaktionen, 1966-67
Hallelujah (film), 1967-68
Synchronstudie, actor, 1v, film, 1-3 tape recs, 1968-69
Ein Aufnahmezustand (radio play), 1969; rev. 1971
Klangwehr (I), military band in motion, 1969-70
Klangwehr (II), military band, chorus, closed-circuit TV, 1969-70
Ludwig van (film), 1969-70 [based on music by Beethoven]
Guten Morgen (Hbrspiel), 1971 /WDR, 11 Nov 1971
Probe (Versuch rur ein improvisiertes Kollektiv), 1971
Zwei-Mann-Orchester,1971-73
Con voce, 1972; fp. 1973
Kantrimiusik (Pastorale fur Stimmen und Instrumente), 1973-75
Mare nostrum (Entdeckung, Befriedung und Conversion des Mittelmeerraumes durch einen Stamm aus Amazonien), 1973-75
Bestiarium (Klangfabeln auf zwei Buhnen), 1974-75; fp. 1976
Ex-Positionen, 1975-88) [film version 1978: Chorbuch; Die Rhythmusmaschinen (Aktion rur Gymnasten)
Soundtrack (film-radio play), 1975
Die Umkehrung Amerikas (Hbrspiel), 1975-76
Die Erschbpfung der Welt (szenische Illusion, 1), 1976-78; fp. 1980; concert version, 1982
Quatre degres, 1976-77
    - Dressur (Schlagzeugtrio fur Holzinstrumente), [film version, 1987]
    - Presentation fur zwei, 1976-77
    - Umzug [Demenagement] (stummes Schauspiel fur Buhnenarbeiter)
    - Variete (Concert-Spectacle fur Artisten und Musiker, 1976-77, arr. as suite
Ziihlen und Erziihlen (Musiktheater fUrUnerwachsene), 1976
Aus Deutschland (Lieder-Oper, 27 scenes), 1977-80; fp. 1981
Blue's Blue (ethnomusicological reconstruction), 1978-79; film version, 1981
MM 51 (film score), 1977; film version, 1983
Der Tribun (Hbrspiel), 1978-79; fp. 1981
Rrrrrrr ... , (radio fantasy), 1981-82) [arr. as Hbrspiel, 1982; arr. as Er (TV play), 1984
La trahison orale (Der mundliche Verrat) (Musikepos uber den Teufel), 1981-83) [arr. as Hbrspiel, 1987
... nach einer Lektiire von Orwell (Hbrspiel), 1983-84
Ein Besuch bei der Heiligen (Hbrspiel), 1985
Tanz-Schul (BaUetd'action), 1985-87; fp. 1988
Zwei Akte, Grand Duo, 1988-89

Orchestra
2 piezas, orchestra (1950-52)
Heterophonie, 42 solo instruments (1959-61)
Variationen ohne Fuge, orchestra (1971-72)
10 Marsche, um den Sieg zu verfehlen, winds and percussion (1978-79) [from" Der Tribun"]
Finale, chamber orchestra (1980-81)
Musik, keyboards and orchestra (1987-88)
Les idees fixes, rondo, chamber orchestra (1988-89)
Die Stucke der Windrose, small orchestra (1988-94)
    - Osten
    - Suden
    - Nordosten
    - Nordwesten
    - Sudosten
    - Sudwesten
    - Norden;
    - Westen
Konzertstiick, timpani and orchestra (1990-92)
Opus 1991, orchestra (1990)
Etude No. 1, orchestra (1992)
Interview avec D, narrator and orchestra (1993-94)
Etude No. 2, orchestra (1995-96)
Orchestrion-Straat, chamber orchestra (1995-96)
Etude No. 3, orchestra (1996)

Soloist(s) w/Orchestra

Chorus w/Orchestra
Vox humana?, cantata, solo loudspeaker, female chorus [SA] and orchestra (1978-79)
Sankt-Bach-Passion, oratorio, speaker, Mez, T, B [vocal soloists], boys' chorus, 2 choruses and orchestra (1981-85)
Liturgien, T, Bar, B [vocal soloists], chorus and orchestra (1989-90)

Choral
Palimsestos, chorus (1950)
Anagrama, S, A, Bar, B [vocal soloists], speaking chorus, fl, cl, bass cl, 3 perc, celeste, 2 pf, 2 hp (1957-58)
Die Mutation, 30 male/children's voices and piano (or harpsichord) (1971)
Vom hören sagen, 18 girls' voices and harmonium (or organ) (1971-72)
1898, children's voices and instruments (1972) [rev. 1996 for female chorus]
Gegenstimmen, chorus and harpsichord (1972)
Mitternachtsstük (R. Schumann), speaker, S, A, T [vocal soloists], chorus and instruments (1980-86) [film version, 1987]
Intermezzo, speaker, chorus and instruments (1983)
Fragende Ode, double chorus, brass, double bass ensemble and percussion (1988-89)

Chamber
Variaciones, fl/vln, cl/vln, vln and vc (1952)
String Sextet (1953; rev. 1957)
Sonant (1960/... ), guitar, harp, double bass and drums (1960-???)
Match, 2 cellos and percussion (1964) [film version, 1966]
Musik fur Renaissance-Instrumente, 2-22 instruments (1965-66)
String Quartet I/II (1965-67)
Der Schall, 5 performers (1968)
Charakterstiick, zither quartet (1971)
Exotica: soli, non-European instruments (1971-72) [arr. also as "Exotica", non-European instruments and tape]
General Bass, instruments (1971-72)
Musi, 12 mandolins, 6 mandalas, 12 guitars, cello, and 2 double basses (1971)
Aus Zungen Stirnmen, accordian quartet (1972)
Unguis incarnatus est, piano and instruments (1972)
KlangwoIfe, violin and piano (1978-79)
Aus dem Nachlass (16 pieces), viola, cello and double bass (1981-86)
Piano Trio, [violin, cello and piano?] (1984-85)
Pan, piccolo and string quartet (1985)
String Quartet No. 3 (1986-87)
For us: Happy birthday to You!, 4 cellos (1987) [arr. 1990 for picc/alto fl, cl, va, db, mand, gui, hp, perc]
Phantasiestuck, flute and piano; or fl, cl, bass cl, pf qt (1987-88)
Fanfanfaren, 4 trumpets (1993)
String Quartet No. 4 (1993)
L'art bruit, 2 percusionists (1994-95)
Serenade, picc/fl/bass fl, ukulele/guitar/tenor banjo/mandolin, and percussion (1994-95)
Auftakte, piano and 2 percussionists (1996)

Solo Instrument
Pandorasbox, bandoneon (1960)
Niirum, tuba (1965)
Siegfriedp', cello (1971)
Old/New, trumpet (1986)
Episoden, Figuren, accordian (1993)
Schattenklange, bass clarinet (1995)

Piano
4 piezas, piano (1954)
Improvisation ajoutee, organ and 2 assistants (1961-62)
Metapiece (Niimetics), keyboard (1961)
Mimetics (Metapieces), keyboard (1961)
An Tasten, etude, piano (1977)
Der Eid des Hippokrates, piano 3-hands (1984)
Passe compose (KlavieRhapsodie), piano (1992-93)
Melodien, carillon (1993)
A deux mains 'Impromptu', piano (1995-96)

Vocal
5 Cantos de genesis, 1v, pf, 1954
De ruina mundis (cant.), lv, insts, 1955
Recitativarie, hpd + lv, 1971-72
Abend, 2S, 2A, 2T, 2B, 5 trbn, pf, elec org, 1972
Tango aleman, 1v, vn, bandoneon!accdn, pf, 1977-78
Fillst Igor Stravinsky, B, eng hn, hn, tuba, va, 2 perc, 1982
2 Balladen, male v/SATB, ens, 1983 [arr. of G. de Machaut]
Ein Brief, concert scene, Mez, orch, 1985-86
Quodlibet (15th-century French lyric), S/A, orch, 1986-88
... , den 24.xii.1931 (Verstiimmelte Nachrichten), Bar, vn, va, vc, db, pf 4 hands, 2 perc, 1988-91

Incidental/Film

Electronic
Transicion II, pf, perc, 2 tapes, 1958-59
Phantasie, org, assistants, 2 tape recs, 1967
Marceau de concours, 5 tpt [1-2 pfmrs], tape rec, 1971
Unter Strom, gui ens, props, elecs, 1969 [film, 1970]
Atem, 1 wind, tape rec, 1970
Tactil, pf, 2 gui, harmonica, experimental sound generators, 1970 [film, 1971]
Szenario, str, tape, 1981-82 [film score for Bufiuel: Le chien andalou, 1983]
De-A-Ge-E, pf, harmonizer, 1987

Multimedia/Theatrical
Transicion I, tape, 1958-60
Le bruit, invecticon, various sound sources, 1960
Composition and Decompositions, Lesestiick, 1963-64
Montage a titre de spectacle, 3 or more pfmrs, 1967 [based on other Kagel works]
Acustica I-ill, 1968-70
    - I, tape
    - II, 2-5 players, tape
    - III, 2-5 players
Ornithologica multiplicata, 2 cages of birds, 2 mic, 1968
Privat, 1 solitary listener, 1968
Mio caro Luciano, tape collage, 1985
Eine Brise, fliichtige Aktion, 111 cyclists, 1996

FOR PERCUSSION
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Percussion Method Books and Etudes



KAGEL  LINKS                                                            Works by Genre      ~ top of page ~
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Mauricio Kagel (Anthony Coleman, BOMB 88/Summer 2004)
Remembering Mauricio Kagel (Tom Service, The Guardian)

Composer website   . . .   inquire about Mauricio Kagel:  here

Kagel @ Wikipedia
Kagel @ Answers.com
Kagel @ Art + Culture
Kagel @ Art of the States/http://artofthestates.org/cgi-bin/compbio.pl?compname=ziporynevan
Kagel @ Classic Cat
Kagel @ Classical Archives
Kagel @ Classical Composers Database
Kagel @ Classical Music Pages
Kagel @ Classical Net
Kagel @ ClassicsToday
Kagel @ composition:today/   http://www.compositiontoday.com/composers/a.asp
Kagel @ Dr. Estrella's Incredibly Abridged Dictionary of Composers
Kagel @ Facebook
Kagel @ Grawemeyer Awards
Kagel @ IMDb (Internet Movie Database)
Kagel @ InstantEncore
Kagel @ Karadar Classical Music/ http://www.karadar.com/index.php/en/composers-biographies.html
Kagel @ Klassika/ http://www.klassika.info/Komponisten/index_A.html
Kagel @ LinkedIn
Kagel @ Modern Classical / http://www.modernclassical.com/20tha.html
Kagel @ MSN Music
Kagel @ Music Academy Online
Kagel @ MusicWeb International
Kagel @ musicianguide.com
Kagel @ MySpaceMusic
Kagel @ Naxos
Kagel @ The New York Times
Kagel @ NNDB
Kagel @ W.W. Norton
Kagel @ Piano Society [Bolcom; Bowles; William Duckworth; Dutilleux; Heino Eller; Mompou; Respighi; Rodrigo; Turina
Kagel @ The Pulitzer Prizes / http://www.pulitzer.org/bycat/Music
Kagel @ REC Music Foundation /The Lied and Art Song Texts Page
Kagel @ Universal Edition

http://www.musicsage.org

Publisher
Kagel @ Composer's website/publisher listings
Kagel @ Edition Peters
Kagel @ Universal Edition

Streaming Audio
Kagel @ Composer's website  -  check under individual work listings
Kagel @ Classical Archives
Kagel @ last.fm
Kagel @ MySpaceMusic
Kagel @ NPRmusic
Kagel @ PRX (Public Radio Exchange)/   http://www.prx.org/
Kagel @ Rhapsody.com
Kagel @ SoundCloud

Recordings
Kagel @ Composer's website
Kagel @ Amazon.com
Kagel @ ArkivMusic
Kagel @ CD Universe
Kagel @ ClassicsOnline
Kagel @ Discogs

Video
Kagel @ YouTube
Kagel @ Google Video
Kagel @ Vimeo

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