Ayano Kataoka, Ian David Rosenbaum
Ayano Kataoka, Ian David Rosenbaum

New Milestones

Electronic Chamber Music in a New Form: Stockhausen’s Kontakte
Thursday, January 16, 2020, 7:30 PM at Kaplan Penthouse


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During this season of milestones, CMS looks to works in the past century that have set the stage for composers today. These prophetic voices have pioneered innovations that have changed the current musical landscape, fascinating listeners and sparking curiosity.

Coming out of the German elektronische Musik movement of the 1950s, Stockhausen’s Kontakte brought chamber music to a new platform by creating a musical dialogue between electronic and instrumental sounds. Stockhausen’s innovation paved the way for the continued exploration of electronic music.

This concert is made possible, in part, by the Howard Gilman Foundation, Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, and The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.


  • Thomas Meadowcroft Cradles for Percussion Duo with Wurlitzer e-Piano (2013)
  • Kaija Saariaho Trois rivières for Percussion Quartet and Electronics (1994)
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen Kontakte for Piano, Percussion, and Electronic Sounds (1958-60)