A CHRONOLOGICAL VIEW OF WESTERN MUSIC HISTORY IN THE CONTEXT OF WORLD EVENTS

Mauricio Kagel

Birth icon
December 24, 1931: Mauricio Raúl Kagel is born in Buenos Aires, Republic of Argentina, the fourth and last child born to Jewish immigrants who fled Russia in 1922. The father, a printer, met his wife in Buenos Aires.
Performance icon
September 3, 1958: Sexteto de cuerdas by Mauricio Kagel (26) is performed for the first time, in Darmstadt.
Performance icon
August 28, 1959: Transición II for piano, percussion, and two tapes by Mauricio Kagel (27) is performed for the first time, in Darmstadt.
Performance icon
June 11, 1960: Kontakte no.12 1/2 for electronic sound generators, piano, and percussion on four-track tape by Karlheinz Stockhausen (31) is performed for the first time, in Cologne. Also premiered is Anagrama for four vocal soloists, chorus, and eleven players by Mauricio Kagel (28).
Performance icon
June 22, 1960: Transición I for electronic sounds by Mauricio Kagel (28) is performed for the first time, in Berlin.
Performance icon
October 28, 1960: Carré no.10 for four orchestras and four choruses by Karlheinz Stockhausen (32) is performed for the first time, over the airwaves of NDR, originating in Hamburg. Mauricio Kagel (28) and the composer are among the conductors. The audience is loudly divergent in opinion.
Performance icon
February 1, 1961: Sonant for guitar, harp, double bass, and drums by Mauricio Kagel (29) is performed for the first time, in Paris.
Performance icon
February 2, 1962: Metapièce (Mimetics) and Mimetics (Metapièce) for keyboard by Mauricio Kagel (29) are performed for the first time, in Munich. Also performed is 27'10.554” for a percussionist by John Cage (49), presumably for the first time.
Performance icon
March 5, 1962: The Swallows of Salangan for chorus, four flutes, alto flute, five trumpets, two tubas, two vibraphones, two pianos, and seven cellos by Morton Feldman (36) is performed for the first time, over the airwaves of Radio Brussels, directed by Mauricio Kagel.
Performance icon
May 4, 1962: Volumina for organ by György Ligeti (38) is performed for the first time, over the airwaves of Radio Bremen. This was to be a live performance by Karl-Erik Welin but when Welin practiced the piece at Göteborg Cathedral the electronic organ was overloaded and began to smoke, giving off the smell of burning rubber. Upon hearing of this, the Bremen Cathedral authorities refused to allow the performance to proceed and the premiere over Bremen Radio consists of a tape recording made of Welin practicing the piece at the Johanniskyrkan in Stockholm. Unfortunately, the tape was too short and the last few minutes are missing. A complete premiere will take place in the Westerkerk, Amsterdam on 10 May. Also premiered is Improvisation ajoutée for organ and two assistants by Mauricio Kagel (29).
Performance icon
May 6, 1962: Sur scène, a kammermusikalisches Theaterstück by Mauricio Kagel (30) is performed for the first time, in Bremen.
Performance icon
May 22, 1962: Heterophonie for 42 solo instruments by Mauricio Kagel (30) is performed for the first time, in Cologne.
Performance icon
March 20, 1963: Antithèse for electronic and environmental sounds by Mauricio Kagel (31) is performed for the first time, in Munich. See 23 June 1963 and 1 April 1966.
Performance icon
June 23, 1963: A revised version of Antithèse for actor, electronic and environmental sounds by Mauricio Kagel (31) is performed for the first time, in Munich. See 20 March 1963 and 1 April 1966.
Performance icon
April 14, 1964: Pandorasbox for bandoneon by Mauricio Kagel (32) is performed for the first time, in Munich.
Performance icon
March 2, 1965: Diaphonie (I) for chorus, orchestra, and two slide projectors by Mauricio Kagel (33) is performed for the first time, in Buffalo, New York.
Performance icon
October 22, 1965: Match for three players by Mauricio Kagel (33) is performed for the first time, in Berlin. See 26 April 1967.
Performance icon
December 1, 1965: Phonophonie, four melodramas by Mauricio Kagel (33), is performed for the first time, in Munich.
Performance icon
April 1, 1966: A filmed version of Antithèse for actor, electronic and environmental sounds by Mauricio Kagel (34) is performed for the first time, over the airwaves of NDR television. See 20 March 1963 and 23 June 1963.
Performance icon
May 6, 1966: Tremens, a szenische Montage eines Tests by Mauricio Kagel (34), is performed for the first time, in Bremen.
Performance icon
June 14, 1966: Pas de cinq, a Wandelszene by Mauricio Kagel (34), is performed for the first time, in Munich.
Performance icon
April 26, 1967: A film of Mauricio Kagel’s (35) Match for three players is shown for the first time, over the airwaves of West German television, Cologne.
Performance icon
June 5, 1967: Kommentar+Extempore, a Selbstgesprache mit Gesten by Mauricio Kagel (35), is performed for the first time, in Frankfurt. Also premiered is Kagel’s Variaktionen.
Performance icon
October 14, 1967: Study no.1 “Harmonies” for organ by György Ligeti (44) is performed for the first time, in Hamburg. Also premiered is Phantasie for organ, two assistants, and two tapes by Mauricio Kagel (35).
Performance icon
December 15, 1967: Solo, from the film Schnebel: Visible music II, by Mauricio Kagel (35) is performed for the first time, over the airwaves of NDR television, Hamburg.
Performance icon
December 30, 1967: Montage for three or more performers by Mauricio Kagel (37) is performed for the first time, in Knokke. See 29 December 1968.
Performance icon
October 15, 1968: Ornithologica multiplicata for two cages of birds and two microphones by Mauricio Kagel (36) is performed for the first time, in Cologne.
Performance icon
December 29, 1968: Montage à titre de spectacle for three or more performers by Mauricio Kagel (37) is staged for the first time, in Palermo. Also premiered is Kagel’s Der Schall for five players. See 30 December 1967.
Performance icon
January 29, 1969: Hallelujah for voices by Mauricio Kagel (37) is performed for the first time, in Stuttgart.
Performance icon
March 29, 1969: Duo, from the film Schnebel: visible music I by Mauricio Kagel (37), is performed for the first time, over the airwaves of NDR television, Hamburg.
Performance icon
May 5, 1969: Synchronstudie for actor, solo voice, film, and one, two, or three tape recorders by Mauricio Kagel (37) is performed for the first time, in Basel.
Performance icon
September 14, 1969: Die Himmelsmechanik, a Komposition mit Bühnenbildern by Mauricio Kagel (37), is performed for the first time, in Venice.
Performance icon
October 14, 1969: Prima vista for two ensembles and two slide projectors by Mauricio Kagel (37) is performed for the first time, in Cologne.
Event icon
November 10, 1969: Hallelujah, a film for two choruses and organ by Mauricio Kagel (37), is shown for the first time, over the airwaves of WDR-TV.
Performance icon
December 4, 1969: Ein Aufnahmezustand, a radio play by Mauricio Kagel (37), is performed for the first time, over the airwaves of WDR.
Performance icon
January 20, 1970: Music to the film Ludwig van Hommage von Beethoven by Mauricio Kagel (38) is performed for the first time, in Madrid. See 28 May 1970.
Performance icon
February 26, 1970: Acustica for 2-5 players and tape by Mauricio Kagel (38) is performed for the first time, in Apostel-Gymnasium, Cologne.
Performance icon
May 28, 1970: Ludwig van Hommage von Beethoven, a film with music by Mauricio Kagel (38), is shown for the first time, in the Künstlerhauskino, Vienna. See 20 January 1970.
Performance icon
May 30, 1970: Klangwehr (I) for military band in motion by Mauricio Kagel (38) is performed for the first time, in over the airwaves of Radio Bremen.
Performance icon
June 10, 1970: Tactil for three by Mauricio Kagel (38) is performed for the first time, in Teatro Donizetti, Bergamo.
Performance icon
August 26, 1970: Atem for one wind player and tape by Mauricio Kagel (38) is performed for the first time, in the Stadthalle, Darmstadt.
Performance icon
February 27, 1971: Morceau de concours for one trumpeter and tape by Mauricio Kagel (39) is performed for the first time, in Turin.
Performance icon
April 25, 1971: Staatstheater, a szenische Komposition by Mauricio Kagel (39), is performed for the first time, in the Hamburg Staatsoper. Reactions of the audience are strongly mixed.
Performance icon
May 9, 1971: Probe (Versuch für ein improvisiertes Kollektiv) by Mauricio Kagel (39) is performed for the first time, in Høvikodden, near Oslo.
Performance icon
November 11, 1971: Guten Morgen, a Hörspiel by Mauricio Kagel (39), is performed for the first time, over the airwaves of WDR.
Performance icon
May 12, 1972: Programm (Gespräche mit Kammermusik) by Mauricio Kagel (40) is performed for the first time, over the airwaves of WDR, Cologne.
Performance icon
June 23, 1972: Exotica for non-European instruments by Mauricio Kagel (40) is performed for the first time, in the Haus der Kunst, Munich as part of the Games of the XX Olympiad.
Performance icon
January 23, 1973: Con voce for three mute players by Mauricio Kagel (41) is performed for the first time, in the Akademie der Künste, Berlin.
Performance icon
May 13, 1973: Variationen ohne Fuge for orchestra by Mauricio Kagel (41) is performed for the first time, in the Musikhalle, Hamburg.
Performance icon
September 18, 1973: 1898 for children’s voices and instruments by Mauricio Kagel (41) is performed for the first time, in Congress Centrum, Hamburg to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft.
Performance icon
October 20, 1973: Zwei-Mann-Orchester by Mauricio Kagel (41) is performed for the first time, in the Stadthalle, Donaueschingen.
Performance icon
February 25, 1974: String Quartet I/II by Mauricio Kagel (42) is performed for the first time, in the Funkhaus, Hamburg.
Performance icon
June 13, 1975: Soundtrack, a film-radio play by Mauricio Kagel (43), is performed for the first time, over the airwaves of WDR.
Performance icon
September 15, 1975: Mare nostrum, Entdeckung, Befriedung und Conversion des Mittelmeerraumes durch einen Stamm aus Amazonien by Mauricio Kagel (43) is performed for the first time, in the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin.
Performance icon
October 18, 1975: Kantrimiusik, Pastorale für Stimmen und Instrumente by Mauricio Kagel (43), is performed for the first time, in the Donauhalle, Donaueschingen.
Performance icon
March 6, 1976: Bestiarium, Klangfarbeln auf zwei Bühnen by Mauricio Kagel (44), is performed for the first time, in the Musikhochschule, Cologne.
Performance icon
May 19, 1976: Zählen und Erzählen, Musiktheater für Unerwachsene, by Mauricio Kagel (44) is performed for the first time, in the Beethovenhalle, Bonn.
Performance icon
December 27, 1976: Die Umkehrung Amerikas, an episches Hörspiel by Mauricio Kagel (45), is performed for the first time, over the airwaves of WDR.
Performance icon
March 19, 1977: MM 51, music for a film by Mauricio Kagel (45), is performed for the first time, in Stuttgart.
Performance icon
October 13, 1977: An Tasten, an etude for piano by Mauricio Kagel (45), is performed for the first time, in the Stephaniensaal, Graz.
Performance icon
November 18, 1977: Quatre degrés by Mauricio Kagel (45) is performed for the first time, in Metz.
Performance icon
May 20, 1978: Tango Alemán, for solo voice, violin, bandoneion/accordion, and piano by Mauricio Kagel (46) is performed for the first time, in Cologne.
Performance icon
September 14, 1978: Ex-Positionen by Mauricio Kagel (46) is performed for the first time, in Høvikodden, near Oslo.
Performance icon
April 27, 1979: Blue’s Blue, an ethnomusicological reconstruction by Mauricio Kagel (47), is performed for the first time, in the Städtischer Saalbau, Witten.
Performance icon
July 7, 1979: Klangwölfe for violin and piano by Mauricio Kagel (47) is performed for the first time, in La Rochelle.
Performance icon
October 17, 1979: Vox Humana?, a cantata for loudspeaker, women's voices, and orchestra by Mauricio Kagel (47), is performed for the first time, in Jerusalem. Also premiered is “Michaels Jugend” no.49, a scene from Karlheinz Stockhausen's (51) opera Donnerstag aus Licht.
Performance icon
November 7, 1979: Der Tribun, a radio play by Mauricio Kagel (47), is performed for the first time, over the airwaves of WDR, Cologne. See 1 August 1981.
Performance icon
February 8, 1980: Die Erschöpfung der Welt, a szenische Illusion by Mauricio Kagel (48), is performed for the first time, in the Württemergische Staatstheater, Stuttgart.
Performance icon
May 9, 1981: Aus Deutschland, a Lieder-Oper by Mauricio Kagel (49), is performed for the first time, in the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
Performance icon
August 1, 1981: Der Tribun, a radio play by Mauricio Kagel (49), is staged for the first time, in Aix-en-Provence. See 7 November 1979.
Performance icon
November 21, 1981: The first three parts of Mitternachtsstük for speaker, solo voices, chorus and instruments by Mauricio Kagel (49) to words of Robert Schumann (†125) are performed for the first time, in the Théâtre Municipal, Metz.
Performance icon
December 4, 1981: Finale for chamber ensemble by Mauricio Kagel (49) is performed for the first time, in Cologne.
Event icon
May 16, 1982: Blue’s Blue, a film with music by Mauricio Kagel (50) is shown for the first time, over the airwaves of Schweizer Fernsehen DRS, Zürich.
Performance icon
October 5, 1982: Fürst Igor Strawinsky for bass, english horn, french horn, tuba, viola, and two percussionists by Mauricio Kagel (50) is performed for the first time, in St. Michael’s Church, Isola, Venice conducted by the composer.
Performance icon
October 15, 1982: Rrrrrrr..., a radio play by Mauricio Kagel (50), is performed for the first time, in Donaueschingen.
Performance icon
January 16, 1983: Szenario for strings and tape by Mauricio Kagel (51) is performed for the first time, in Théâtre Chatelet, Paris conducted by the composer.
Performance icon
May 18, 1983: At a concert in Stuttgart to honor his 60th birthday, the first two numbers of Hungarian Studies for chorus by György Ligeti (59) to words of Weöres are performed for the first time, along with the premiere of his Solitude for chorus to words of Weöres. Also premiered is Intermezzo for speaker, chorus and instruments by Mauricio Kagel (51). See 17 November 1983.
Event icon
August 14, 1983: Szenario, Un Chien Andalou, a film with music by Mauricio Kagel (51), is shown for the first time, over the airwaves of Schweizer Fernsehen.
Performance icon
October 27, 1983: La trahison orale, a Musikepos über den Teufel, by Mauricio Kagel (51), is performed for the first time, in Salle Gémier, Paris directed by the composer. See 31 March 1987.
Performance icon
January 15, 1984: Mm 51, a film with music by Mauricio Kagel (52), is performed for the first time, over the airwaves of Schweizer Fernsehen.
Performance icon
January 30, 1984: Zwei Balladen after Guillaume de Machaut (†607) for chorus and instruments by Mauricio Kagel (52) is performed for the first time, over the airwaves of SDR, Stuttgart directed by the composer.
Performance icon
May 1, 1984: ...Nach einer Lektüre von Orwell, a Hörspiel by Mauricio Kagel (52), is performed for the first time, over the airwaves of WDR 3, directed by the composer.
Event icon
May 11, 1984: ...Nach einer Lektüre von Orwell, a Hörspiel by Mauricio Kagel (52), is staged for the first time, in Bremen directed by the composer.
Performance icon
May 13, 1984: Der Eid des Hippokrates for piano-three hands by Mauricio Kagel (52) is performed for the first time, over the airwaves of Radio Bremen.
Performance icon
April 21, 1985: Pan for piccolo and string quartet by Mauricio Kagel (53) is performed for the first time, in Teatro alla Scala, Milan.
Event icon
June 17, 1985: Er, a Fernsehspiel by Mauricio Kagel (53), is shown for the first time, over the airwaves of WDR, Cologne.
Performance icon
June 23, 1985: Piano Trio by Mauricio Kagel (53) is performed for the first time, in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.
Performance icon
September 9, 1985: Sankt-Bach-Passion, an oratorio for speaker, solo voices, boys choir, two choruses, and orchestra by Mauricio Kagel (53), is performed for the first time, in Berlin.
Performance icon
December 17, 1985: Cäcilia: Ausgeplündert, Ein Besuch bei der Heiligen a Hörspiel by Mauricio Kagel (53), is performed for the first time, over the airwaves of WDR 3.
Performance icon
April 5, 1986: Aus dem Nachlass for viola, cello, and bass by Mauricio Kagel (54) is performed for the first time, over the airwaves of WDR, Cologne.
Performance icon
September 21, 1986: Ein Brief, a concert scene for mezzo-soprano and orchestra by Mauricio Kagel (54), is performed for the first time, in the Musikhalle, Hamburg.
Event icon
November 15, 1986: Dressur, a film with music by Mauricio Kagel (54), is shown for the first time, over the airwaves of Schweizer Fernsehen.
Performance icon
February 15, 1987: Ce-A-Ge-E for piano and harmonizer by Mauricio Kagel (55) is performed for the first time, over the airwaves of WDR 3 by the composer.
Performance icon
March 31, 1987: Der mündliche Verrat, a Hörspiel version of La trahison orale by Mauricio Kagel (55), is performed for the first time, over the airwaves of WDR 3. See 27 October 1983.
Performance icon
April 29, 1987: For Us: Happy Birthday To You! for four cellos by Mauricio Kagel (55) is performed for the first time, in the Alter Wartesaal, Cologne. See 30 March 1990.
Performance icon
June 19, 1988: String Quartet no.3 by Mauricio Kagel (56) is performed for the first time, in Oslo.
Event icon
June 19, 1988: Mitternachtsstük, a film with music by Mauricio Kagel (56), is shown for the first time, over the airwaves of Schweizer Fernsehen.
Performance icon
June 28, 1988: Mitternachtsstük IV for voices and instruments by Mauricio Kagel (56) to words of Robert Schumann (†131) is performed for the first time, in Union Chapel, London.
Performance icon
September 18, 1988: Tanz-Schul, a ballet d’action by Mauricio Kagel (56), is performed for the first time, in the Staatsoper, Vienna.
Performance icon
November 18, 1988: An orchestral suite from Tanz-Schul, ballet d’action by Mauricio Kagel (56), is performed for the first time, in Saarbrücken.
Performance icon
November 19, 1988: Quodlibet for women’s voices and orchestra by Mauricio Kagel (56) to words from 15th century chansons is performed for the first time, in Théâtre Municipal, Metz, directed by the composer.
Performance icon
May 15, 1989: Music for keyboard instruments and orchestra by Mauricio Kagel (57) is performed for the first time, in Cologne.
Performance icon
May 27, 1989: Phantasiestück for flute and piano by Mauricio Kagel (57) is performed for the first time, in Heide.
Performance icon
June 4, 1989: Osten from the cycle Die Stücke der Windrose for small orchestra by Mauricio Kagel (57) is performed for the first time, in the Rathaus, Aachen.
Performance icon
June 16, 1989: Süden from the cycle Die Stücke der Windrose for small orchestra by Mauricio Kagel (57) is performed for the first time, in Amsterdam.
Performance icon
August 19, 1989: Fragende Ode for double chorus, winds, and percussion by Mauricio Kagel (57) is performed for the first time, in the Alte Oper, Frankfurt.
Performance icon
September 4, 1989: Zwei Akte for saxophone and harp by Mauricio Kagel (57) is performed for the first time, in the Alte Oper, Frankfurt.
Performance icon
December 4, 1989: Les idées fixes for chamber orchestra by Mauricio Kagel (57) is performed for the first time, at the Opéra-Comique, Paris directed by the composer.
Performance icon
March 30, 1990: For Us: Happy Birthday To You! in the version for piccolo/alto flute, clarinet, mandolin, guitar, harp, percussion, violin, and double bass by Mauricio Kagel (58) is performed for the first time, in the Rotterdam. See 29 April 1987.
Performance icon
November 2, 1990: Liturgien for solo voices, two choruses, and orchestra by Mauricio Kagel (58) is performed for the first time, in Cologne.
Event icon
November 11, 1990: Repertoire, a film with music by Mauricio Kagel (58), is shown for the first time, over the airwaves of ZDF, Mainz.
Performance icon
May 9, 1991: Opus 1.991 for orchestra by Mauricio Kagel (59) is performed for the first time, in the Kongreßhalle, Saarbrücken directed by the composer.
Performance icon
October 19, 1991: ...den 24. xii. 1931 for baritone and eight players by Mauricio Kagel (59) is performed for the first time, in Donaueschingen.
Performance icon
January 18, 1992: “Nordosten” and “Nordwesten” from the cycle Die Stücke der Windrose for small orchestra by Mauricio Kagel (60) are performed for the first time, in Cologne directed by the composer.
Performance icon
January 19, 1992: Am Horizont for violin, cello, and accordion by Wolfgang Rihm (39) is performed for the first time, in Cologne to celebrate the 60th birthday of Mauricio Kagel. Also premiered is Five2 for english horn, two clarinets, bass clarinet, and timpani by John Cage (79).
Performance icon
February 8, 1992: Südosten from the cycle Die Stücke der Windrose for small orchestra by Mauricio Kagel (60) is performed for the first time, in the Stadthalle, Gütersloh.
Performance icon
May 28, 1993: Melodien for carillon by Mauricio Kagel (61) is performed for the first time, in Amsterdam.
Performance icon
October 20, 1993: String Quartet no.4 by Mauricio Kagel (61) is performed for the first time, in Anvers, Belgium.
Performance icon
September 11, 1994: Fanfanfaren for four trumpets by Mauricio Kagel (62) is performed for the first time, in Neuf-Brisach, France.
Performance icon
October 4, 1994: Nah und Fern, a radio piece for bells and trumpets by Mauricio Kagel (62) is performed for the first time, over the airwaves of WDR in Cologne.
Performance icon
February 1, 2002: Quirinus Liebeskuss by Mauricio Kagel (70) is performed for the first time, in Stuttgart.
Performance icon
September 25, 2002: Broken Chords by Mauricio Kagel (70) is performed for the first time, in Duisburg.
Performance icon
September 29, 2002: Zweite Trio in einem Satz for violin, cello, and piano by Mauricio Kagel (70) is performed for the first time, in Venice.
Performance icon
June 11, 2007: String Quartet no.5 by Mauricio Kagel (75) is performed for the first time, in Essen.
Performance icon
June 30, 2007: Quasi niente for closed mouths by Mauricio Kagel (75) is performed for the first time, at the University of Siegen.
Performance icon
August 31, 2007: Verborgene Reime for voices and piano by Mauricio Kagel (75) is performed for the first time, in Bonn.
Performance icon
September 20, 2007: Piano Trio no.3 by Mauricio Kagel (75) is performed for the first time, in the Beethovenhaus, Bonn.
Death icon
September 18, 2008: Mauricio Kagel dies in Cologne, aged 77 years, eight months, and 25 days.