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Old 07-16-2017, 11:09 PM   #11 (permalink)
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^^ Yep Frownland, he's a smorgasbord of quite a diverse set of music. His orchestral works are also seriously looking into (if you like very highly-concentrated and often quite aggressive orchestral music)

The chamber works tend to be quite melodious (in a much more obvious way), he's got some great harmonies. Those solo cello pieces (Nomos Alpha and Kottos) also show that when he is writing for a single instrument, he is not at a lack of possibilities. Really engaging pieces live too!

I love that chamber works set. It also gives you three of his string quartets (ST/4, Tetras and Tetora) which are also unique masterpieces of the contemporary quartet genre.

As you initially stated, yep the electronic works are massive, excellent pieces. I know Merzbow fans tend to love Persepolis, lol.
But all those electronic works are all very different to each other, lots to hear there! (the late electronic stuff like "S.709" is a little questionable though...)

As many of us on MB tend to love quite extreme music, there should be no problem diving into his more larger works too!

What pieces are you enjoying the most so far?
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Old 07-17-2017, 08:17 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Also, I wanted to mention that when I say that "Le Sacrifice" is the second of the trilogy,
I'm stating the common interpretation. There's some pretty good analysis out there that
finds that it really was intended as the third part. At the risk of getting too windy about
its origins and Xenakis' whole changing attitude about "Anastenaria" (especially after
typical asshole Boulez tries to take credit for Xenakis' method), it's understandable
that he would consider "Le Sacrifice" (the bulls of the Dionysian ritual) first (most exciting!)
and then do the first part, "Procession aux eaux claires," next while being ambivalent
about the second part. It would be like a representation of the Dia de Muertos where
a three-part piece is written, but the last part might be more immediate due to its
all-encompassing nature of "All Souls Day" and the others could be finished in an
order of choosing depending on whether you're more child or adult "friendly."
Of course, the finished results also depend on whether you are creatively growing
by incorporating outside influences that unexpectedly happen (like Xenakis' friend
from the RTF, Gabriel Delaunay, producing vocal interferences during a concert
in '53 which gave him ideas that he later used in "Le Sacrifice").
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