I managed about 15 minutes of ‘Stimmung‘ this lunchtime before reaching for my Zeppelin and was intrigued to read this claim in Our Saviour’s entry in Wikipedia. I have no idea if he still has any hold on university music departments, one of the few places where Messianic Germans retained a foothold in the second half of the 20th century, but I was curious to see how he fared against other very close contemporaries, so here’s an n-gram of him vs Stephen Sondheim, Burt Bacharach, Mike Stoller and Jerry Herman in literary Anglophonia (bear in mind that books about popular music were rare until the 1970s and such things as Meller’s Twilight of the Gods):
So unless someone has some fancy way of defining “important”, English-language Wikipedia seems to be overrating Stockhausen. Germany however is different, presumably partly because successful German translations of Broadway musicals are few and far between and because it was not done to mention Bacharach’s tremendous Rhineside popularity in books:
My impression is that book publishing now more closely approximates to public taste than was true when reviewers were important (and paid), but unfortunately Google Trends goes back less than a decade. What it reveals however is that of my five fairly randomly chosen Zeitgenossen Burt Bacharach (orange) and then Stephen Sondheim (red) are making the running, with the others numerous lengths behind (the 2007 blip is when Stockhausen (light blue) dies):
Bacharach leads in all language markets, including Germany, so maybe someone needs to adjust Wikipedia to read:
Karlheinz Stockhausen was a minor but curious composer with an extraordinary gift for capturing state assets who nevertheless spent his life in the shadow of true greats like the author of ‘Walk on by‘.”
- Symbols of French nation and state: rooster vs eagle in the 18th & 19th century corpus
With some vague rabbitings on my silence and the rebirth of the humanities.
- I quite like Radio Occitania
If you are immune to the narcissim of small differences and accept the notion that Valencian is a dialect of Catalan,
- Stolen Dutch bike for sale in the Encants
Barcelona’s biggest flea market is relatively well policed, so most bikes and other stolen goods end up in unofficial markets on
- Education: music and words for early years, primary, secondary (inc. GCSE/A-level) and tertiary (FE and HE)
Some school work I’ve done with the organ Interactive concerts in nurseries Here’s a Barcelona visit: 45-minute concerts for large primary school audiences In Spanish,
- Is it the fault of the Greeks that the Germans are the way they supposedly are?
I sense potential for reparations claims citing Aesop.