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Composed in , Edgard Varèse’s Ionisation is the first piece of Western classical music to be scored for an ensemble comprised solely of. Compared to those monuments, the French-American composer Edgard Varèse’s “Ionisation” barely amounts to a flyspeck. The work’s Sheet Music – £ – Edgard Varèse – Ionisation (Percussion Ensemble).

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Ionisation (Varèse, Edgard)

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Notify me of new comments via email. His predilection for sounds outside the traditional scales was shared by electro-acoustic musicians, continually experimenting with new intervals. In opera or program i.

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He had settled in the United States in Ionisation proceeds as a number of miniature sections, each with a different textural character. September 13, at 5: The current vogue was for the neoclassical sonatas and concertos of Milhaud, Poulenc, and Stravinsky.

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The radical, innovative nature of the work was such that the New York Philharmonic percussionists who were approached to perform Ionization soon proved unable to cope with the work, and typesetters had to be called in to complete the task! To fully appreciate the importance of Ionization, we need to look briefly at the function of percussion instruments in the orchestra. By the s he had become a veritable guru of twentieth-century musical creation.


In addition to drums, cymbals, gongs and tam-tams of all sizes, the work requires triangles, claves, Chinese blocks, a whip, miniature bells, and the famous “lion’s roar” drum. Ionization was a brilliant confirmation of percussion as an independent musical medium.

Ionisation combines the terrifying cacophony of the industrial world with a profound sensitivity, unlocking the sensuous, human potential of inhuman noise. By continuing to use this iinisation, you agree to their use.

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A Sketch of the Man and His Music”. Following a brief interruption from 0: A new world of sound would soon open for percussion instruments. Email required Ionisatiom never made public. Reinforcement, evocation, and colour From Bach to Brahms, the job of the percussion section in the orchestra had basically been to reinforce the accents already present in the musical exchange among the other instruments.

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Ionisation (Percussion Ensemble)

His spatial conception of music anticipated the electro-acoustic music that emerged ionisattion the s, involving taped recordings broadcast on loudspeakers that projected sound-masses moving in space. September 30, at 9: The Gramophone Shop Encyclopedia. Journal of Music Theory.


Alles rund um Kunst – Seite 5 says: Retrieved 30 August You are commenting using your Twitter account. Beethoven, however, was able to transcend this limitation.

The rhythms of Ionization refer to no folkloric or exotic source and are intended to be heard as defining trajectories, masses, and tone-clusters of various densities. The Parisian public was taken aback by the vigour and harshness varwse the music produced by this former disciple of the Schola cantorum.

It was, incidentally, the first album purchased by Frank Zappa. Sound-masses in collision For the first time in the history of western music, orchestral percussion instruments were liberated from their ionisatlon role. Studia Musicologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae. Not only did it herald the liberation of the percussion section from its traditional supportive role; it was a turning point in musical vocabulary. September 30, at This site uses cookies.