Maurizio Kagel

Composer
Argentine, 1931-

MAURICIO KAGEL, born in Buenos Aires on 24 December 1931, is among the most distinctive composers of contemporary music. Kagel’s creative output has been enormous. It encompassing the stage, orchestral chamber music, film scores, radio plays and essays. From the very beginning his name has been associated above all with music theatre, the genre in which he has perhaps exerted the greatest impact. Throughout its broad spectrum, his music reveals a breach with any and all forms of academicism as well as close ties to tradition, especially to the German

Selected works by Maurizio Kagel:
“Once when father (George Ives) was asked: 'How can you stand it to hear old John Bell (who was the best stonemason in town) bellow off-key the way he does at camp-meetings?' his answer was: 'Old John is a supreme musician. Look into his face and hear the music of the ages. Don't pay too much attention to the sounds. If you do, you may miss the music. You won't get a heroic ride to Heaven on pretty little sounds!'”
--Charles Ives