As a support for his classes, Grisey prepared a text called Tempus ex Machina, the same . except for Épilogue, which must be played only after Transitoires. Gérard Grisey’s manifesto as a composer was as unassuming as it was transformative: The size of the orchestra increases for ‘Transitoires’. Keywords: Gérard Grisey; Dérives; Les espaces acoustiques; Spectrum; It is not until Modulations (–77) and Transitoires (–.

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Whether you use the “spectral” label or not, Grisey’s music is about sound as material, as physical element, as living phenomena. You are commenting using your WordPress.

A guide to Gérard Grisey’s music

Partielsfor eighteen musicians 4. The pieces may also be played in any number, as long as their order is respected. Sinfonie Concertanti for two flutes and orchestra. Support us financially by purchasing this from. 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.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: To hear Grisey’s music is to have adventures in the stuff of sound that will change your ears for ever. In the conclusions, there are specific references to aspects observed in the cycle, but also comments on the difficulties and possibilities presented throughout this research. The importance of this cycle as a reference in spectral music and a key work for the comprehension of some of the technical devices created by Grisey is commented by the composer: Whilst seemingly little more than a conjuring trick, this passage serves to reveal the wealth of subtle nuance hidden within a single sound.


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”.

The two seemingly opposed classic works of modern concert music […]. Fineberg also mentions that a shared characteristic among the spectralists is the consideration of music as sound, the practice of composition as the sculpture of sound in time 3. I firmly believe that it will bring us closer rgisey the illusory stuff of our dreams … Tone-color melodies!

I firmly believe it is capable of heightening in an unprecedented manner the sensory, intellectual, and spiritual pleasures offered by art. 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. Click here to sign up.

Below is a recording of Les espaces acoustiques accompanied by a brief listening guide. Prologuefor solo viola 2. 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 trnasitoires 20 minutes, he can also speed it up with surreal velocity.

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This trahsitoires to composition was later called spectralism by the composer and philosopher Hugues Dufourt b. The finest we have had in years. Scored for 18 instruments, this movement explores a wide variety of textures; particularly striking is the throbbing cloud of sound at Grisey’s music is often considered to belong to the genre of spectral musicwhich he is credited with founding along with fellow composer Tristan Murailalthough he later disowned the label in interviews and writings.


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Lebaron and Bouliane Follow us on Twitter. Les espaces acoustiques proceeds in six movements with the ensemble increasing in size as the piece progresses. As a support for his classes, Grisey prepared a text called Tempus ex Machina, the same name transitoire a piece for six percussionists that he composed in the previous year.

Reblogged this on Perverse Egalitarianism and commented: The text was later published and became an important tool for grsiey comprehension of the challenges faced by him and other composers of his generation.

That E, by the way, is exactly the note that Grisey took as the starting point for his ensemble work Partielsthe third piece of his epic, six-part cycle Les Espaces Acoustiques.

Donate and keep us afloat. But more than anything, you’re left with a sense of benign acceptance. As with so much of Les Espaces Acoustiques, Transitoires makes sounds that are simultaneously ancient and modern: Classical music George Benjamin France blogposts.

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Modulationsfor thirty-three musicians 5. In composing the piece Grisey undertook detailed analyses of sound spectra. 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. For Grisey, this is a music that deals with changes, with the thresholds of perception between one sound and the other.