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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Giacinto Scelsi

Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Released in full for the first time on the Wergo disc, the cycle is totally compelling, with its fractured monodies, each obsessing around a single pitch or small group of notes, and punctuated in some of the numbers by drums, gongs, a wailing saxophone or uaxucthm, creating a self-sufficient giwcinto unique sound world.

Webern’s Klangfarbenmelodie may have arrived there first, however Scelsi went to an extreme by devoting entire movements to a single pitch. 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.

This certainly is food for the imagination, auxuctum focusing too much on it can detract from the splendor of Scelsi ‘s fully musical accomplishment.

The anguished Uaxuctum ‘s subtitle, The Legend of the Mayan City which they themselves destroyed for religious reasonsperpetuates the obsessions. The results are appearing only now, though the Mode collection of orchestral works is the sixth release in its Scelsi series.

It was first premiered cselsi Festival di Como, and recorded on Fore records Raretone with Scelsi in the studio and later for Etcetera Records. One of the earliest interpreters Scelsi closely worked with was the singer Michiko Hirayamawhom he met in in Rome.

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

Also by Giacinto Scelsi on Mode Records: As such, Uaxuctum was both Scelsi ‘s luxuriant funeral barge and his glittering crown, its performance a consecration of his tremendous artistic achievements. Some photographs of Scelsi have emerged since his death.

The Orchestral Works 2.

Views Read Edit View history. Scelsi cleverly applies scordatura so that some notes resonate while others pass dully. Oriental philosophy filtered in as well. Still, I’m not complaining. A whole chapter of recent musical history must be rewritten: Giacinto Scelsi Uaxuctum This extraordinary piece is in five movements, totaling approximately twenty minutes.


Quattro Pezzi represents his recovery’s culmination. A delicately warped unison giacino Kshara ‘s center. There really are no proper words to describe this amazing piece, which presents Scelsi at his most daring and innovative. It is a world all to itself, and a warning.

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A central tapping episode reinforces Scelsi’s “heartbeat of the earth. The results are appearing only now, though the Mode collection of orchestral works is the sixth release in its Scelsi series. Uaxuctum writhes in the presence of death, its wailing ondes Martenot a stern sibyl. Since Scelsi’s oeuvre was taken up enthusiastically by a younger generation of self-proclaimed tone scientists it’s been all too easy to overlook its raw gut power. By using this site, you agree to the Terms uaxuctym Use and Privacy Policy.

In the wild and dramatic second movement, we enter the world of the Mayans, complete with mysticism in all aspects of life; it is an giacintp and violent tour-de-force of orchestral writing. Every moment is a jewel of dreamlike strangeness and imaginative originality. The orchestral disc is the most varied of the three, and offers perhaps the best introduction to Scelsi’s strange, quasi-mystical world.

Most intriguing of all is La Nascita del Verbofor chorus and orchestra. Inwhen Italy entered the war, Scelsi was in Switzerlandwhere he remained until the end of the conflict, composing and honing his conception of music. Sexy Trippy All Moods.

Today, some of his music has gained popularity in certain postmodern composition circles, with pieces like his “Anahit” and his String Quartets rising to increased prominence. At the same time, there is something undeniably powerful about the best of his music when you hear it performed with the devotional fervour he seemed to demand of his interpreters.

The first movement, the longest of the five, is a grand overture; it begins in quiet contemplation, only to be interrupted by the violent mystical revelation of the chorus propelling this story into the present from the distant past, and then sinking back into meditative tones with a presentiment of the upcoming adventure. In this case, Scelsi says, the Mayans made a conscious decision to end the city themselves.


Because of the nearly total abandonment of harmonics, the listener concentrates on new sonorous subtleties, on the orchestra’s timbre as a whole. Especially since the disc also includes Uaxuctumsubtitled The Legend of the Mayan City which they themselves destroyed for religious reasons, another monsterpiece for ondes Martenot, seven percussionists, timpani and piece ensemble. The rest includes four solo vocalists, ondes martenot perhaps the best and non-corny use of that instrument anywherea sistrum, vibraphone, a family of clarinets, a battalion of brass, and a wide range of percussion requiring at least seven players.

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

He is best known for writing music based around only one pitchaltered in all manners through microtonal oscillations, harmonic allusions, and changes in timbre and dynamicsas paradigmatically exemplified in his revolutionary Quattro pezzi su una nota sola “Four Pieces on a single note”, He cured himself, so the story goes, by continuously playing the same piano note for days on end. Scelsi was able to attend the premieres and personally supervised the rehearsals.

CD: Scelsi: La Nascita del Verbo; Quattro Pezzi; Uaxuctum | Music | The Guardian

Grillo’s performance on the second disc of col legno’s 50 Jahre Neue Musik in Darmstadt giaxinto This fine disc serves as a timely reminder how overwhelmingly emotional his music is. A primal force exhorts the Quattro Pezzi ‘s F, B, A-flat and A towards purity as 25 musicians, predominantly winds, snake though gouging harmonic shifts and microtonal distemper.

In the early fifties, there were few alternatives to serialism ‘s strait jacket that did not lead back to the past. Each piece is limited to one pitch with micro-fluctuations of sound vibratos, slurs, spectral changes, tremolos The writing process of the piece set an example for Scelsi’s very personal way of working: Streams Videos All Posts.

Due to the enforcement giaccinto racial laws under the fascist regime of Benito Mussolinigiavinto prevented the performance of works by Jewish composers, these concerts did not continue for long.