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Mauricio Kagel: Exotica

  • for 6 singing instruments with 10 or more non-european instruments
  • Duration: 50’
  • Instrumentation details:
    min. 60 non european plucking-, wind-, string- and perc. instruments
    ad lib.: 1-2 Stereotape recorders with 2-4 loudspeaker zur Wiedergabe maybeer tapeeinspielungen.
  • Composer: Mauricio Kagel
  • Dedication: dem sechsten Sinn

Work introduction

Scored for ‘non-European instruments’, Exotica was a commission for the 20th Olympic Games in Munich, 1972. The first performance took place under the direction of Mauricio Kagel, and the instrumentalists included such wellknown new music personalities as Vinko Globokar, Siegfried Palm, Christoph Caskel and Michel Portal. The six participants had to ‘manhandle’ around 200 wind, string and percussion instruments wholly unknown in Europe. Werner Klüppelholz’s programme note makes the composer’s intention clear: he wanted to question ‘the dominance of Western music or “culture”’ or ‘go back to the primeval origins of music-making, when singing was still at one with making sound out of simple, everyday objects’.


The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

World première

Haus der Kunst, München (DE)
Mauricio Kagel
Main soloists:
Wilhelm Bruck, Christoph Caskel, Vinko Globokar, Siegfried Palm, Michel Portal, Theodor Ross

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