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R.I.P. Karlheinz Stockhausen

R.I.P. Karlheinz Stockhausen

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that German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, the center of the avant-guard universe for many, is dead. He passed on Wednesday in western Germany, the Stockhausen Foundation announced today. He was 79. Over the course of his life, Stockhausen--equal parts aural mathematician and mystic—composed over 200 pieces of music, pushing the boundaries of sound and music with every one. His followers span the spectrum from John Cage to Paul McCartney. He was a guru to most anyone that's ever done anything new in music, that's brushed off convention for even just a moment. For his upcoming 80th birthday, he had planned on publishing the 89-page manuscript to his

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Momente

, composed between 1962 and '69, a work meant to represent the idea that "eternity that does not begin at the end of time but is attainable in every moment."

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