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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This page was last edited on 24 Februaryat Some dozen of vareae compositions are groundbreaking works, among them Ionizationthe first score in western music composed for percussion ensemble. Pierre Grondines is a musicologist and choral conductor. He had settled in the United States in Beethoven, however, was able to transcend this limitation.

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Ionisation features the expansion and variation of rhythmic cellsand the title refers to the ionization of molecules. April 30, at The highly refined, luxuriant music of composers such as Mahler, Strauss, Debussy, and Ravel was enriched by the use ioniisation celesta, glockenspiel, tam-tam, rattle, and xylophone.

The ominous opening of rolling bass drums and gongs gives way at 0: His spatial conception of music anticipated the electro-acoustic music that emerged in the s, involving taped recordings broadcast on loudspeakers that projected sound-masses moving in space. Having moved to America at the age of 32, the French-born composer vqrese deeply affected by the aural experience of living in urban New York.


This site uses cookies. There are those indefinite in pitch, like the bass drum, snare drum, wood blocks, and cymbals; those of relatively definite musical pitch, such as the piano and chimes; those of continually moving pitch, like the sirens and ‘lion’s roar.

Alles rund um Kunst – Seite 5 says: Following a brief interruption from 0: Indefinite pitch Nearly all the percussion instruments used in Ionization generate indefinite pitch, so that most of their vibrations can’t be clearly identified as a D or a G, for example.

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Reinforcement, evocation, and colour From Bach to Brahms, the job of the percussion section in the orchestra had basically ionosation to reinforce the accents already present in the musical exchange among the other instruments.

Ionization was a brilliant confirmation of percussion as an independent musical medium. As the composer later described, “I was not influenced by composers as much as by natural objects and physical phenomena.

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Well, that would count as part of the larger piece, rather than a stand-alone piece in and of itself. The World’s Encyclopaedia of Recorded Music. Perspectives of New Music. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

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Ionisation (Varèse, Edgard)

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Below is a recording of Ionisation followed by a brief listening guide. Not only did it herald the liberation of the percussion section from its traditional supportive role; it was a turning point in musical vocabulary.

Frank Zappa often claimed that Ionisation inspired him to pursue a career in music. To fully appreciate the importance of Ionization, we need to look briefly at the function of percussion instruments in the orchestra. The Parisian public was taken aback by the vigour and harshness of the music produced by this former disciple of the Schola cantorum. You are commenting using your WordPress. His preoccupations heralded those of composers born after Studia Musicologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae.

From cymbals to sirens Ionization is composed for 13 musicians playing some 40 instruments. Sound-masses in collision For the first time in the history of western music, orchestral percussion instruments were liberated from their supportive role.

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