Playing the numbers game

Families with twins are a novelty; triplets a curiosity; quadruplets a rarity; higher multiples a scarcity. Comparisons with musical works draw a certain parallel: take the twin instruments that usually provide the melodic interest in a baroque trio sonata (a … Read More →

Stockhausen’s Helicopter Quartet on WNYC

WNYC Radio’s “Soundcheck,” (the weekday afternoon talk show about music and the arts hosted by John Schaefer), will be featuring Stockhausen’s Helicopter Quartet as part of a segment on pieces of music built on outrageous concepts or complex logistical challenges. … Read More →

Karlheinz Stockhausen: Helicopter String Quartet – A film directed by Frank Scheffer

Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Helikopter-Streichquartett is one of the most controversial and talked-about works of art in recent years. Composed for the Arditti Quartet and premiered at the 1995 Holland Festival, it involves the four members of the quartet playing in four … Read More →