Sorry for this little bit of shameless self-promotion (in fact I think I did the same last year with the interviews I recorded then with Suzanne Stephens and Kathinka Pasveer), but during my recent visit to Switzerland and Germany I met and interviewed Mary Bauermeister for my radio show here in Australia. I played this interview last night, along with some of Stockhausen's music that Mary talked about during the interview (KONTAKTE, KLAVIERSTÜCK IX, MOMENTE, LUZIFERs ABSCHIED, and more)
It's a fascinating discussion about the development of the Fluxus movement in Cologne in the 1950s, about the mistrust for everything that had gone before, about the ways in which Stockhausen and Bauermeister influenced each other, and the things they each learned from each other, as well as some more personal reflections from Mary about her life with Karlheinz, and the conflicting worlds of spirituality and physicality that were part of their life together. She finishes with an amazingly hopeful and inspiring commentary on the future, and on the task that faces today's younger generation.
If you want to listen to it, it will continue to be available on the radio station's website, as an audio file, for the next six months:
I feel that it could be useful to have a discussion-forum on the music of Stockhausen. There are so many people from all over the world, young and old, learned and eager to get into contact with this musical world: musicologists, composers, musicians, music lovers; people who plan concerts - who write books or have to give lectures and so on. So there should be much stuff, many ideas that we can share. And when we have open questions, there may be people who studied just that and could give a hint or a stimulus.
A problem might be the English language, but i feel that is the only possibility that many people who are interested can participate. And we can exercise tolerance to mistakes!