Giacinto Scelsi: Anahit by musical observations, released 14 August Giacinto Scelsi was an Italian composer who also wrote surrealist poetry in French. He is best Today, some of his music has gained popularity in certain postmodern composition circles, with pieces like his “Anahit” and his String Quartets. Stream Giacinto Scelsi — Anahit (extract) by Klangforum Wien from desktop or your mobile device.

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There were few people at the time who knew that Friedrich Cerhain his orchestral cycle Spiegelhad already reached rather similar results, and nobody knew that there was a composer who had followed the same path even years before, and in a far more radical way: Home News Contacts Copyright. His first composition was Chemin du coeur Drinking Hanging Out In Love.

I was just listening to this on the way to work — makes for a brilliant calm drive!

Below is a recording of Anahit followed by a brief listening guide. The writing process of giaxinto piece set an example for Scelsi’s very personal way of working: Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully.

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He became the first exponent of dodecaphony in Italy, although he did not continue to use this system. Later, his family moved to Rome and his musical talents were encouraged by private lessons with Giacinto Sallustio.

Frances-Marie Uitti, dedicatee of all Scelsi’s cello works, collaborated intensively with him for over 10 years editing and then recording La Trilogia, a massive 3 part work of 45 minutes in length which Morton Feldman called his “autobiography in sound”. Frequent cadential effects, usually underlined with orchestrational changes like an outburst of brass or shrill statements from the flutes, provide a sense of ebb and flow and a tasteful degree of formal definition.


The form of the work is reminiscent of the ternary architecture of Hymnosthough Anahit is in three distinct sections which are built on the golden section rather than linear symmetry.

Anahit, for violin & 18 instruments

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: After the beautifully ethereal microtonal cadenza, the second movement is predominately in G Major reaching to high F and dominated throughout by the solo violin; this movement builds a sort of pulsating wave which recapitulates the previous material and fades away as the violin reaches high G.

Anahit is a piece that rewards immersive listening and to dissect it viacinto isolated events anait serve only to reduce its mystique. One of the earliest interpreters Scelsi closely worked with was the singer Michiko Hirayamawhom he met in in Rome. This page was last edited on 24 Novemberat The recording below has been removed from YouTube.

Back in Rome after the war, his wife left him eventually inspiring Elegia per Tyand he underwent a profound psychological crisis that eventually led him to the discovery of Eastern spirituality, and also to a radical transformation of his view selsi music.

AnahitGiacinto Scelsi by tacet Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi is one of the most enigmatic and intriguing figures of 20th century music. The intertwined confluence of uncanny dissonance and twisted realities, but also the unbearable revelation of the hidden strings of the very fabric of existence contorting in a disgusting, yet fascinating ahahit before our dumbfounded eyes.

The beautiful tension of Anahit is partly the tension of a half-formed premonition and similar to the tension of having a lost word “on the tip of the tongue,” that slightly panicked mental grasping for something sensed and present, but unreachable. Streams Videos All Posts. The impact caused by the late discovery of Scelsi’s works was described by Belgian musicologist Harry Halbreich: The scoring of the orchestra is: Nouvelles Musiques de Chambre.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here In this view, the artist is considered a mere intermediary. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Whilst this claim may seem somewhat quaint, it is in the ephemeral and iridescent music of Anahit giacint Scelsi provides his most compelling evidence.


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Featuring the BC Weekly best new albums and artists from Another fine recording is available on the Kairos label, conducted by Hans Zender, but the Accord set is more comprehensive. Inwhen Italy entered the war, Scelsi was in Giaxintowhere he remained until the end of the conflict, composing and honing his conception of music. Share on facebook twitter tumblr. Inhe organised a series of concerts of contemporary works, introducing the music of among others Paul HindemithSchoenberg, Igor StravinskyDmitri Shostakovichand Sergei Prokofiev to an Italian audience for the first time.

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Anahit, Giacinto Scelsi | Articulate Silences

In this so-called second periodhe rejected the notions of composition and authorship in favour of sheer improvisation. Pine Cones Fall; Kondo: Notify me scesli new comments via email.

This severe restriction of material means aanhit tremendous concentration is required of he soloist and the terrific tension involved in just holding on to the part comes through in performance. Unlike almost all of Scelsi ‘s music, some of which was not performed publicly until 30 years after its creation, Anahit was performed with Devy Erlih on violin a year after it was composed. Streaming and Download help.

Anahit is divided into three sections: Unusually for Scelsi, this work was also performed the year after it was written: