Composed in , Edgard Varèse’s Ionisation is the first piece of Western classical music to be scored for an ensemble comprised solely of. This work is likely not in the public domain in the US (due to first publication with the required notice after , plus renewal or “restoration” under the. Edgard Varèse. Ionisation, for 13 percussionists. Composition Information ↓; Description ↓; Appears On ↓. Share on. facebook · twitter · tumblr.

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To the Beat of His Own Drum: AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript. Yet science is even now equipped to give them everything they may require. Alles rund um Kunst – Seite 5 says: In Balinese gamelan, the parts become faster and more animated as the instruments get smaller and higher pitched.

Create a free website or blog at WordPress. In that fashion, he typically writes slower rhythmic patterns for instruments with lower indefinite frequencies and longer sustain, and faster rhythmic patterns for instruments with higher indefinite frequencies and shorter sustain.

This results in a stratification of rhythms, with the gongs playing extremely slow rhythms and the other parts providing faster figurations of the main melody, resulting in a complex tapestry of rhythms.

As the composer later described, “I was not influenced by composers as much as by natural objects and physical phenomena. Composers like anyone else today are delighted to use the many gadgets continually put on the market for our daily comfort.


Composers took special interest ionisstion the unique timbres of unpitched percussion instruments and began thinking critically about the many different qualities of sound they could make. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. September 30, at This page was last edited on 24 Februaryat Ionisation combines the terrifying cacophony of the varee world with a profound sensitivity, unlocking the sensuous, human potential of inhuman noise.

Ionisation (Varèse, Edgard) – IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library: Free Public Domain Sheet Music

Structure two is found in the pitched percussion parts as well as the player one and two parts. Share on facebook twitter tumblr.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: The coda marks the first and only instance where all three structures are superimposed upon each other. September 13, at 5: Nicolas Slonimsky conducted it at Carnegie Hall, on March 6,and the composer later dedicated the work to him. Composer, Sound Sculptor, Visionaryed. Da Capo Press, It was among the first concert hall compositions for percussion ensemble alone, although Alexander Tcherepnin had composed an entire movement for percussion alone in his Symphony No.

The Gramophone Shop Encyclopedia. Below is a recording of Ionisation followed by a brief listening guide. One critic described the performance as “a sock in the jaw.


You are commenting using your WordPress. A Sketch of the Man and His Music”. Ionisation challenged listeners of the time to think outside of pitch structures and instead focus on rhythm and timbre through the sole use of unpitched percussion instruments. Ionisation then dissolves barese in a shimmering mist of decaying gongs, disappearing into the same ergard from which it rose.

Ionisation proceeds as a number of miniature sections, each with a different textural character. You are commenting using your Facebook account. While the piano, chimes, and glockenspiel are all pitched instruments, they are not used in an expected way.

Ionisation, for 13 percussionists

You must be logged in to post a comment. AllMusic Featured Composition Noteworthy. Agitated figures in the drums punctuate the backdrop of bells and moaning sirens, increasing in resolve until 4: The first recording of the piece was to be played by members of the New York Philharmonic, but the piece proved to be too complex for them to play.

Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vol.