German Broadcaster Announces Elimination of Choir, Angering Stockhausen

Classic Arts News   German Broadcaster Announces Elimination of Choir, Angering Stockhausen
 
S‹dwestrundfunk, a public broadcaster in southwestern Germany, has announced that it will abolish its professional choir due to budget cuts, the Deutsche Presse-Agentur reports. The choir accounts for 36 salaries, some of them part-time.

This decision has infuriated avant-garde composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, who calls the act one of a "common criminal." Because his compositions sometimes require large choruses, Stockhausen feels that such a decision "[kills] my works.... I am alarmed to be living in Germany in this day and age."

SWR superintendent Peter Voss said that the budget cuts are necessary due to a decline in revenue from television-set taxes in Germany. The Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation, based in Munich, made a similar announcement about the elimination of one of its orchestras earlier this month.


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