The musical legacy of Karlheinz Stockhausen: Looking back and forward

International Workshop

The musical legacy of Karlheinz Stockhausen: Looking back and forward


Kürten, August 10-11, 2011


Organised by the Department of Musicology, Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen / Stockhausen Foundation for Music, Kürten




On 10th and 11th August 2011 the Stockhausen Foundation for Music, in cooperation with the Department of Musicology of the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and in the context of the annual Stockhausen Music Courses, will hold an international workshop on the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen. Around four years after Stockhausen’s death, the workshop will bring world experts on Stockhausen’s music together with younger researchers to consider the totality of the composer’s work. Lectures and discussions will aim to provide new impulses for understanding Stockhausen’s complete oeuvre retrospectively, and will also highlight approaches and perspectives for future research.


The workshop will focus not only on Stockhausen’s compositions as musical legacy, but will also look at issues of historical context, reception and criticism, and the longer term impact of Stock­hausen’s work. A further area for reflection is impulses and influences on and through the work of Stockhausen, especially with regard to the contemporary arts in general and compositional practice spe­cifically. In addition, the workshop will ask what perspectives for the future are offered by Stockhausen’s music, and what influence his music could have on the further development of composition in the 21st century.


The two-day event will take place in Kürten during the annual Stockhausen Music Courses, which will take place from 6-14 August 2011. The courses, which were initiated by Stockhausen himself and will be held in 2011 for the 14th time, were set up to give younger performers, sound technicians, researchers and interested listeners the chance to learn more about Stockhausen’s music, its performance practice and its musical and aesthetic context, directly from leading musicians and musicologists including many who worked with Stockhausen himself for many years. For this reason as well, the Workshop is especially directed at younger scholars, in whose current research (e.g. doctoral and post-doctoral projects) the conference topics play a role.


Contributions are welcomed in the form of individual papers (20-30 minutes). The workshop will feature time for questions as well as roundtable discussions with researchers, composers, and musicians. It is intended that the conference proceedings will be published.


The conference language is English. Abstracts not exceeding 500 words and a brief CV should be sent as e-mail attachments, by January 15, 2011, to


The conference organizers will strive to assist younger colleagues in particular with covering travel and accommodation costs.


More information is available via the conference website:

and on the official website of the Stockhausen Foundation:

or by contacting Dr. Imke Misch and Prof. M.J. Grant via