Giacinto Scelsi was an Italian composer who also wrote surrealist poetry in French. He is best . Quattro Pezzi – Anahit – Uaxuctum, 3. Hurqualia – Hymnos. In , he completed the ferocious, tormented, complex Uaxuctum. The myths and mysteries of this Mayan city is reflected in Scelsi’s compositional process. Shop for Vinyl, CDs and more from Giacinto Scelsi at the Discogs , Giacinto Scelsi – Quattro Pezzi Per Orchestra – Anahit – Uaxuctum album art.

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Most intriguing of all is La Nascita del Verbofor chorus and orchestra. It was an outdoor concert.

Scelsi: La Nascita del Verbo; Quattro Pezzi; Uaxuctum

It is a world all to itself, and a warning. Webern’s Klangfarbenmelodie may have arrived there first, however Scelsi went to an extreme by devoting entire movements to a single pitch. Since his death infew composers of the 20th century have polarised opinion more radically than Scelsi; there are a number of significant figures, led by the late Gyorgy Ligeti and also including French spectralists such as Grisey and Murail, who have cited him as an important influence, while others have dismissed his music around pieces published, with more still in manuscript as little more than the work of a charlatan.

His first composition was Chemin du coeur The fifth movement returns to the opening mood, and gives a dim recollection of the preceding events which have now been told, in abstract form, to our time and civilization.

Alvin Curran recalled scelssi Practically a palindrome, Dharana represents the initial stage in deep meditation. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

In the massive trilogy for solo cello subtitled The Three Ages of Man, Scelsi focuses even more closely on the minutiae of sound, the inner details of a single pitch or timbre, often in a way that suspends all conventional notions of musical time.

It might be better, in fact, if the title was replaced with something like “Music for Chorus and Orchestra,” then it could be considered on its merits without being compelled to go allusion-hunting.

The French company Actes Sud published writings of Giacinto Scelsi in three volumes, the majority of which are now out of print:. The impact caused by the late discovery of Scelsi’s works was described by Belgian musicologist Harry Halbreich: Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Still, I’m not complaining. Black employs bassist Fernando Grillo’s arrangement of these Three Dances of Shivaoriginally scored for guitar, to be played across the lap.


In the s, Scelsi made friends with intellectuals like Jean Cocteau and Virginia Woolfand traveled abroad extensively. All these sounds are used with the most refined sense of instrumental colors, particularly with an aptness for blending them to create unique, surreal soundscapes that are mountainous, planetary, galactic.

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Titled in Sanskrit, both course slowly though quarter- and eighth-tones under precisely specified vibrato. Jazz Latin New Age. Without wishing to cast aspersions on them and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra on this new recording, it’d be great if one day the work could be recorded by a truly major league outfit with a huge budget – and no audience: Uaxuctum writhes in the presence of death, its wailing ondes Martenot a stern sibyl.

WWE 1CD seems preoccupied with exotic sound production and sits closer to works by Lachenmann, Xenakis and Cage in the same release it’s also a single 7: The Orchestral Works 2.

The orchestral disc is the most varied of the three, and offers perhaps the best introduction to Scelsi’s strange, quasi-mystical world. Please enable Uauctum in your browser to use the site fully.

I’m not sure the work has ever been recorded as well as it deserves sceli be – I don’t know how many mics the Viennese techies had at their disposal but some of the myriad nuances sound a little far back in the mix – but Peter Rundel’s reading of the piece is certainly as sensitive to detail as the other available recording of the work in my collection, conducted by Jurg Wyttenbach, which featured the orchestra and chorus of Polish Radio in Cracow.

Some photographs of Scelsi have emerged since his uaxkctum. This work, “truly written in blood,” left Scelsi “in a deplorable state,” afterwards he stopped composing for several years. In this view, the artist is considered a mere intermediary.

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Steeped in chromaticism, with hints of Scriabin and a sea of percussion, Nascita boasts a vast double fugue one of the most imposing in the history of music and a forty-seven voice canon in twelve keys. There were few people at the time who knew that Friedrich Cerhain his orchestral cycle Spiegelhad already reached rather similar results, and nobody knew that there was a composer who had followed the same path even years before, and in a far more radical way: What came after his recovery was something totally different from the rather earnest neoclassicism of that work, and couched in its own, personal musical terms.


Black’s gutteral cries in Maknongon will startle. Along with full-sized chorus, the instrumentation is unusual: He married Dorothy Kate Ramsden, a divorced Englishwoman.

There really are no proper selsi to describe this amazing piece, which presents Scelsi at his most daring and innovative. This piece is certainly Scelsi’s most difficult to perform, and was not premiered until October 12th, by the Cologne Radio Chorus and Symphony Orchestra.

Introspection Late Night Partying. The myths and mysteries of this Giacintk city dcelsi reflected in Scelsi’s compositional process: Inhe organised a series of concerts of contemporary works, introducing the music of among others Paul HindemithSchoenberg, Igor StravinskyDmitri Shostakovichand Sergei Prokofiev to an Italian audience for the first time. Scelsi refused to comply, and gradually distanced himself from Italy.

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Uaxuctum, for ondes martenot, chorus, 8 percussionists & 23 musicians

The results are appearing only now, though the Mode collection of orchestral works is the sixth release in its Scelsi series. Back in Rome after the war, his wife left him eventually inspiring Elegia per Viacintoand he underwent a profound psychological crisis that eventually led him to the discovery of Eastern spirituality, and also to a radical transformation of his view of music.

Few woodwinds, a string section consisting of six double basses, lots of brass, and, in addition to a timpanist, no less than seven percussionists!