His Eggs

Tim Souster

  • Stockhausen: A Biography by Michael Kurtz, translated by Richard Toop
    Faber, 259 pp, £25.00, March 1992, ISBN 0 571 14323 7

One of my fondest memories of the two years I spent as Stockhausen’s teaching assistant was observing him direct two unfortunate locals on tall ladders as to the precise positioning of the coloured lights on a gigantic Christmas tree which had been planted on his estate at Kürten, outside Cologne. This was all taking place in a high wind to which Stockhausen (KS) was completely oblivious. The lights had to be perfect and they had to have an architectural structure. It even crossed my mind that he might have been working according to the Fibonacci series.

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