Stockhausen Serves Imperialism

Cornelius Cardew


Primary Information, 2020. Paperback, 126pp., 5.5 x 8.75 inches


Originally published in 1974 by Latimer New Dimensions and presented here in facsimile. Stockhausen Serves Imperialism is a collection of essays by the English composer Cornelius Cardew that provides a Marxist critique of two of the more revered avant-garde composers of the post-war era: Karlheinz Stockhausen and John Cage.

A former assistant to Stockhausen and a champion of Cage in England, Cardew provides a cutting rebuke of the composers’ works and ideological positions, which he saw as reinforcing an imperialist order rather than spotlighting and serving the struggles of the working class.