No. 222 – Heavy Weather

Karlheinz Stockhausen [right panel, top] photo by Kathinka PasveerRichard Clayderman [right panel, bottom] photo ©Union Square Music [probably – no one attibutes photos properly any more]

Maniacal composer Carl Heinz Pilchards-in-Tomato-Sauce Clayderman from the Judge Dredd story The Weather Man (progs 329330 (1983)), written by John Wagner and Alan Grant and drawn by Ron Smith (1924–2019) v visionary and controversial German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928–2007) and French pianist Richard Clayderman (born Philippe Pagès)

Clayderman was a child prodigy at tickling the ivories, accompanying in his youth celebrated French crooners Johnny Hallyday (born Jean-Philippe Léo Smet, 1943–2017) and Michel Sardou, as well as working as a bank clerk to make ends meet, before achieving fame with the song Ballade pour Adeline, composed by Paul de Senneville and Olivier Toussaint in 1976. Pagès’ name was changed to Clayderman (his great-grandmother’s surname) for the release of the single to avoid mispronunciation of his real name by audiences abroad.

Eschewing traditional musical forms, Karlheinz Stockhausen began composing in the early 1950s and produced 376 performable works, and is renowned for his groundbreaking experimental work in electronic music, for introducing controlled chance (aleatory techniques or aleatoric musical techniques[1]) into serial composition, and for musical spatialization or Raummusik [German, lit. “space music”[2]].

Notes:

  1. Music in which some element of the composition is left to chance
  2. Projection and localisation of sound sources in physical or virtual space or sound’s spatial movement in space

2 thoughts on “No. 222 – Heavy Weather

  1. The Great maestro is an amalgamation of Clayderman and Karlheinz Stockhausen. The latter was famous for experimenting with atonality and electronic/mechanical composition.

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