The premiere of French composer Gérard Grisey’s Quatre the note that Grisey took as the starting point for his ensemble work Partiels. PDF | The spectralism of Gérard Grisey: from the nature of the sound to the nature tween Périodes and Partiels, there is a correspondence between the closing. Debussy is one; Webern, another; Gérard Grisey – who would have been 70 this The opening of Grisey’s ensemble work Partiels () is.
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First lecture at the Darmstadt Summer Courses, telling his listeners about a new musical movement afoot in Paris. Whether you use the “spectral” label or not, Grisey’s music is grisfy sound as material, as physical element, as living phenomena.
To hear Grisey’s music is to have adventures in the stuff of sound that will change your ears for ever. Grisey was the initiator of spectral music a name invented by otherswhich, emerging in Paris in the s, reinserted gerad to post-tonal composition on a new footing.
Gramophone’s expert reviews easier than ever before. The principles of spectralism are easy to describe, and like all good musical cliches, there’s more than a grain of truth in the term. In his teens Grisey considered becoming a composer as nothing less than a God-given vocation. Grisey’s mastery of griseu gigantic spectrum of sound, texture and feeling makes his music some of the most special of the late 20th century.
After studies at the Hohner Academy in Trossingen, he entered the Paris Conservatoire, where he won all the main prizes, followed by a period at the Villa Medici and further studies in acoustics. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.
The harmonic implications of the overtone series also allowed Grisey to create a hierarchy within his micro-tonally enriched musical world, which gives his music a monumental dynamism.
The essential idea is the creation of a grisry way of structuring the parameters of music by exploring the harmonic series, the overtones that are part of every musical note. The all-time greats Read about the artists who changed the world of classical music. But in retrospect, the “threshold” that the Four Songs crossed wasn’t only the event horizon that separates existence from non-existence, it was the door to a new kind of music that Grisey tragically would not have time to explore.
All our journalism is independent and is rgisey no way influenced by any advertiser or commercial initiative. That E, by the way, is exactly the note that Grisey took as the starting point partjels his ensemble work Partielsthe third piece of his epic, six-part cycle Les Espaces Acoustiques.
If you analyse the complexity of the harmonic series of a single note played on a particular instrument — say a low E on a trombone — you find a teeming world of musical possibility. Paftiels the composer had already given the world visionary, inspirational and complete music.
How, then, Grisey asked himself, to reintroduce dynamism into this post-tonal material? The links gerxrd powered by Skimlinks.
But it’s part of the paradox of Grisey’s music that just as he can slow down time so that you feel you’re inside, say, a stretched-out gong stroke for 20 minutes, he can also speed it up with surreal velocity.
As he said, “we are musicians and our model is sound not literature, sound not mathematics, sound not theatre, visual arts, quantum physics, geology, astrology or acupuncture”. Loading comments… Trouble loading? Terrible coincidence as it was, the sense of expressive catharsis in that performance of Quatre Chants was only partly to do with Grisey’s own death; much more, it was down to the astonishing musical space that this piece conjured in its unflinching exploration of existence.
Listen to the incantatory power of the love-obsessed voices and electronics of Les Chants de l’Amour for real sonic proof of what I’m on about. For Grisey, the possibilities of this approach were microscopic yet infinite. That music is a bridge to the Epilogue of the whole cycle, with its whooping chords for four solo horns, the sounds of a universe of sound rejoicing in itself. Grisey himself spoke of the difference between the sort of super-slow time experienced by whales as opposed to the frenetic time-scale of insects.
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By atomising sounds in this way, he could structure large pieces of music and spans of time, such as Partielsthat were based on an intense process of listening to an individual sound, exploding the smallest of sonic phenomena, a single note, on to the largest possible scale. If you are a library, university or other organisation that would be interested in an institutional subscription to Gramophone please click here for further information. So much for a decidedly spectral sketch of the theory, but let’s get stuck into what Grisey wanted us to get stuck into, which is the stuff of sound, the sounds his music makes.
But where many of those imitators got caught up in the academic business of composing ever more complicated spectral chords, often lacking is the dramatic sense Grisey possessed.
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He doesn’t say “sound not metaphor”, incidentally, because his music is not some abstract sonic science lesson, but about how sound affects our ears, about how we hear, about how it makes our brains and bodies vibrate, and what it can make us feel.
The performance, by the London Sinfonietta, conducted by Grisey’s friend George Benjamin, was never supposed to be a memorial for Grisey, but his sudden death at the age of 52 the previous November meant that these death-haunted songs would be his last completed work, music that imaginatively explores the existential inter-zone between life and death. Show 25 25 50 All. Classical music George Benjamin France blogposts.