London: Universal Edition [PN U.E. 12251 LW], , ©1954.
Small folio. Original publisher's dark ivory wrappers printed in dark red. , 12 pp. With publisher's catalog "Musik der Zeit" to verso of lower wrapper.
First Edition, later issue. Maconie, p. 108.
Stockhausen's first set of Klavierstücke (I-IV)were composed in Paris, 1952-53.
"The collection marks a stage in Stockhausen's evolution from 'point' to 'group' composition, and in many ways may be regarded as a sketchbook for his later electronic studies." Maconie, p. 108.
"The leading German composer of his generation, [Stockhausen] was a seminal figure of the post-1945 avant garde. A tireless innovator and influential teacher, he largely redefined notions of serial composition, and was a pioneer in electronic music ... " Richard Toop in Grove Music Online.
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