Personalities | Mauricio Kagel | Contemporary | Classical
(Mou’-res’-yo Ka’-gel) 1931–2008
Kagel studied at the University of Buenos Aires and later with Juan Carlos Paz (1901–72), but was largely self-taught as a composer. He worked as a pianist and conductor at the Teatro Colón from 1949. In 1957 he moved to Cologne, where he encountered Ligeti and Stockhausen; he taught for many years at the Darmstadt summer schools. A number of his pieces employ theatrical elements: Sur scène (1958–60) involves a speaker, a singer and a mime in addition to three instrumentalists, while Match (1964) is staged as a game of tennis between two cellists, with a percussionist acting as umpire. Later works, such as the Stücke der Windrose (‘Compass Pieces’, 1988–94) for salon orchestra, draw engagingly on popular and folk traditions from around the world.
Die Stücke der Windrose, Schönberg Ensemble (cond) Reinbert de Leeuw (Montaigne)
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