Mauricio Kagel

1931 - 2008

Argentinian

Summary

Mauricio Kagel was among the most distinctive of contemporary music composers. The genre on which he exerted perhaps the greatest influence, and with which he has always been most closely associated, is music theatre. Alongside radical innovations in this area, he developed a highly personal aesthetic in his absolute music.

Biography

Mauricio Kagel was among the most distinctive of contemporary music composers. The genre on which he exerted perhaps the greatest influence, and with which he has always been most closely associated, is music theatre. Alongside radical innovations in this area, he developed a highly personal aesthetic in his absolute music.

Kagel’s creative output was enormous. It encompasses not only stage, orchestral and chamber music in an extremely wide range of instrumental settings, but also film scores, radio plays and essays. His music, across its broad spectrum, reveals a breach with all, and any, forms of academicism, yet at the same time a close connection to tradition, particularly to the German tradition.

Imagination, originality and humour are the hallmarks of this multimedia artist. With an inexhaustible gift for invention, Kagel drew on the most varied modes of expression, which, although often seemingly caustic and provocative, are always used in the interests of musical intensity.

Kagel was awarded many prizes for his music. Notable honours include the Erasmus Prize (1998), the Ernst von Siemens Musikpreis 2000, the Großer Rheinischer Kunstpreis (2002) and, in 2007, an Honorary Doctorate from Siegen University.

Mauricio Kagel's works are published by Edition Peters and Universal Edition.

http://www.mauricio-kagel.com

Performances

1st March 2024

PERFORMERS
Orchestra of the Staatstheater Mainz
LOCATION
Staatstheater, Mainz, Germany

17th March 2024

PERFORMERS
Taktlos Festival
LOCATION
Kunstraum Walcheturm, Zürich, Switzerland

2nd April 2024

PERFORMERS
University of Toronto Contemporary Music Ensemble
CONDUCTOR
Wallace Halladay
LOCATION
Walter Hall, Toronto, ON, Canada

14th June 2024

PERFORMERS
Seattle Modern Orchestra
CONDUCTOR
Julia Tai
LOCATION
Town Hall The Great Hall, Seattle, WA, United States of America

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