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Towards the end of his life, Grisey had rejected spectralism as a meaningful concept. Yet the six works that make up Les Espaces Acoustiques. To not compose any more with notes, but sounds,” wrote Grisey in the prologue to Les Espaces Acoustiques. GÈRARD GRISEY: Les Espaces Acoustiques. Catalogue No.: KAI. EAN Code: Artist(s). WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Stefan Asbury.

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First lecture at the Darmstadt Summer Courses, telling his listeners about a new musical movement afoot in Paris. Fill in your details below or click an icon to espzces in: Notify me of new comments via email.

In the opening passage, the static, pulsating mass of sound occasionally threatens to erupt as the rasping trombone cuts through the soundscape.

How, then, Grisey asked himself, to reintroduce dynamism into this post-tonal material?

A guide to Gérard Grisey’s music

Show 25 25 50 All. SpectralThomas May. Gramophone’s expert reviews easier than ever before. Yet the six works that make up Les Espaces Acoustiques are almost the perfect demonstration of how avoustiques potent the ideas that he and his French contemporaries, such as Tristan Murail and Hugues Dufourtdeveloped in the 70s could be.

GÈRARD GRISEY: Les Espaces Acoustiques

Retrieved from ” https: July 20, at Posthumous London world premiere of Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil. In his teens Grisey considered becoming a composer as nothing less than a God-given vocation. You are commenting using your Twitter account. As such, this music is at once sensuous and uncertain; the static mass of luminous colours and textures is undercut by a constant threat of rupture as Grisey proceeds to tear apart the very fabric of the soundscape.


The fine performance above is conducted by Pierre-Andre Valade and available on the Accord record label. This page was last edited on 24 Novemberat In this sense, Les espaces acoustiques reaches far beyond the superficialities of its compositional ingenuity: Below is a recording of Les espaces acoustiques accompanied by a brief listening guide. Grisey timeline Studies at the Paris Conservatoire. According to Tom Service”His achievement has often been reduced to yet another of new music’s fetishistic labels, “spectralism” — a category that Grisey had rejected by the end of his life.

The central section from 4: October 12, at 4: Though he is by turns cast as the latest composer in the French coloristic tradition, or as the heir to Boulez in radically rethinking musical composition from the foundations up, perhaps what is most notable about Grisey is the humanness of his art and the seriousness of his vocation.

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You are commenting using your WordPress. A sparse solo for viola, this movement hints at the timbral richness of the remainder of the piece as the instrument traverses a variety of sonorities.


As the cycle goes on, the number of musicians involved in each piece increases steadily, until the last two works, Transitoires and an Epilogue which, unlike the preceding acoustiquds, cannot be performed on its own involve a large orchestra. The all-time greats Read about the artists who changed the world of classical music.

But where many of those imitators got caught up in the academic business of composing ever more complicated spectral chords, often lacking esapces the dramatic sense Grisey possessed. Please note that this is a different recording so the timings below will no longer correspond exactly with the performance.

After studies at the Hohner Academy in Esspaces, he entered the Paris Conservatoire, where he won all the main prizes, followed by a period at the Villa Medici and further studies in acoustics.

List of music students by teacher: Listen out for the lilting series of arpeggios beginning at 3: Through his spectral yrisey, Grisey uncovered the dramatic tensions at the centre of apparently stable sounds, drawing out the natural dissonances that lie buried within. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. He studied at the Trossingen Conservatory in Germany from to Anon.