[JPL] Composer Mauricio Kagel dies in Germany at 76

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Thu Sep 18 15:37:35 EDT 2008


Composer Mauricio Kagel dies in Germany at 76
The Associated Press
Thursday, September 18, 2008; 2:34 PM

BERLIN -- Argentine-born composer Mauricio Kagel, whose experimental body of
work also ranged into theater, has died in Germany, his publisher said
Thursday. He was 76.

The C.F. Peters musical publishing house said Kagel died overnight in
Cologne following a long illness, but did not give details on the cause of

Kagel was born in Buenos Aires on Dec. 24, 1931, into a Jewish family of
German-Russian origin.

A self-taught composer who learned to play instruments including the piano,
organ and cello, he studied literature and philosophy at the University of
Buenos Aires and at age 18 became an adviser to an avant-garde group,
Agrupacion Nueva Musica.

In 1955, he rose to become a director at the Argentine capital's Teatro

Two years later, he went on a student grant to Germany, where he settled _
working in chamber and electronic music. His musical theater piece "Sur
Scene" _ first performed in 1960 _ established a genre of "instrumental
theater" that became a prominent part of his work.

Kagel was known for a humorous approach to art, with works such as "Fantasie
fuer Orgel and Obligati," which included a toilet flush as an instrument.

Information on survivors and funeral arrangements was not immediately

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