Stockhausen-Stiftung für Musik
51515 Kuerten

On November 14th 1994 the Stockhausen-Stiftung für Musik (Stockhausen Foundation for Music) was ratified as a non-profit foundation having as its purpose

" the advancement of musicology including the stimulation of music culture,
based on the creative oeuvre of Professor Karlheinz Stockhausen"
(chapter 2, paragraph 2 of the foundation statutes).

The Stockhausen-Stiftung für Musik is in a position to realise this goal due to the unique value of the foundation’s assets, which comprise an archive in which all biographical and musical stations of the composer are documented by way of composition sketches, scores, recordings, instruments, costumes and requisites, photograph albums and video films, theoretical essays by Karlheinz Stockhausen, and comprehensive scientific and journalistic studies in writing, on tape and film. Such a complete collection of the legacy of a composer also opens new paths and possibilities for research and science, in the spirit of the foundation statutes.

In August 1998, the composer Karlheinz Stockhausen celebrated his seventieth birthday. On that occasion, the Stockhausen-Stiftung für Musik, together with the community of Kuerten, and supported by the state of North Rhine Westfalia, organized the first Stockhausen Courses Kuerten. They took place for the first time from August 2nd – August 9th 1998 at the school complex in Kuerten, and were attended by over 130 composers, interpreters, musicologists and auditors from 23 different countries. Thus Stockhausen’s dream of having a special place for the teaching of the unique performance practice necessary for his works, combined with the authentic performance of his works finally became reality: there were daily vocal and instrumental master classes, composition seminars, and concerts. Six concerts were given by the faculty (the performers with whom he has been collaborating for over 20 years) and 3 concerts were given by selected course participants. Stockhausen was the sound projectionist in all the concerts.

In 1999, the courses took place from July 18th–25th, again attended by over 130 participants from 23 countries. About 25% of the participants attended for a second time, and 75% were new. In 2000, the third year of the courses, the State Ministry of Labour, Social Welfare and City Development, Culture and Sport will reduce its financial support, because it was able to help the courses get started, but the state of North Rhine Westfalia cannot support them as a permanent institution.

The support of friends and patrons is needed, in order to ensure the continuity, comprehensiveness and high level of training offered by the annual Stockhausen Courses Kuerten, and also to be able to present Stockhausen’s music, art of interpretation, ideas, thoughts and observations to the general public in the form of symposia, composition seminars, courses by Stockhausen interpreters and concerts.

The Stockhausen-Stiftung für Musik requests that donations be made to help realise projects such as those mentioned above.

Sponsors of the courses will be listed in the programme book of the courses. Donations for other projects will be also be suitably aknowledged. The donors will receive a tax-deductible receipt.

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Photos from the Archive of the Stockhausen - Stiftung für Musik
(Stockhausen Foundation for Music)