MAURICIO KAGEL (1931 - 2008)
Born in Buenos Aires in 1931, Mauricio Kagel had an early involvement with contemporary music. In 1957 he moved to Germany, settling in Cologne and participating in the major musical trends of the time and place. He worked in the Electronic Studio of West German Radio and in the 1960s taught at the Darmstadt summer schools. From 1974 to 1997 he was professor of new music theatre at the Cologne Musikhochschule.
Vocal and Instrumental Music
Scored for string orchestra with tape, Szenario was written in 1981–2 and was used to accompany the Louis Buñuel / Salvador Dalí film Le Chien andalou (1928). Kagel’s 1999 Duodramen for soprano, baritone and orchestra presents a drama of its own, while the 1990 Liturgien for soloists, double chorus and orchestra casts a new light on traditional texts and procedures. The three works represent a wide-ranging compositional output, often containing a very original and strongly dramatic element.