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He is best known for writing music based around only one pitch, altered in all manners through microtonal oscillations, harmonic allusions, and changes in timbre and dynamics, as paradigmatically exemplified in his revolutionary "Quattro pezzi su una nota sola" "Four Pieces on a single note", His musical output, which encompassed all Western classical genres except scenic music, remained largely undiscovered even wit… read more.
He is best known for writing music based around … read more. He is best known for writing music based around only one pitch, altered in all manners through… read more. Similar Artists Play all. Trending Tracks 1. Sunday 21 April Monday 22 April Tuesday 23 April Wednesday 24 April Thursday 25 April Friday 26 April Saturday 27 April Sunday 28 April Monday 29 April Tuesday 30 April Wednesday 1 May Thursday 2 May Friday 3 May Saturday 4 May Sunday 5 May Monday 6 May Tuesday 7 May Wednesday 8 May Thursday 9 May Friday 10 May Saturday 11 May Sunday 12 May Monday 13 May Tuesday 14 May Wednesday 15 May Thursday 16 May Friday 17 May Saturday 18 May Sunday 19 May Wednesday 22 May Thursday 23 May Monday 3 June Tuesday 4 June Wednesday 5 June These were recorded a minor third lower than the originals, which proved nearly impossible for these four voices.
As in much of his other vocal work, Scelsi pursues an elusive sonority by employing invented pronunciation and syllabication for his singers. Likewise, Wo Ma, the four songs included here for bass voice, are presented nakedly and in their full tonal strangeness as the singer goes after the "K" sound over and over to achieve a mantra drone. He also overlaps the voices ritualistically, carrying them across the threshold of one another in an arid yet sensual and profane way.
The Duo for Violin and Cello is typical in that it centers its harmonic inventions on drones and the stripping of notes back to their very essences. There are no angular placements in this piece, just the unfolding of tones G-A as they give way to a wider body of sound and disappear. Finally, there is Aitsi for solo piano, played by Jean Luc Fafchamps who did a couple of volumes of Morton Feldman's piano works.
A little over six minutes in length, Scelsci's tonal palette comes into full view here as one note relates to a chordal system of opposites and resolves in contradiction, not counterpoint. There are a startling number of expressive dynamics in this work, all of them folding out the tonal boundaries just a bit more and centering them on the tension created by their expression.
This is a decent introduction to the work of Scelsi across the board, and the sound is stellar. Fafchamps' notes are quite wonderful, and the presentation is handsome. There are better editions of certain kinds of works, but this is a concise, reverential, and beautifully performed sampling.
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