Grisey was the initiator of spectral music (a name invented by others), UK premiere of Vortex Temporum at the Huddersfield Contemporary. Her is the full conductors score of Gerard Grisey’s Vortex Temporum I, II, III for Piano and Five Instruments. Instrumentation requires 6 players using Flute in C/. This dissertation provides aesthetic and historical perspectives of the French spectral music and offers an analysis of Gérard Grisey’s late work Vortex Temporum.
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Vortex Temporum I, II & III (Mixed Ensemble)
Grisey timeline Studies at the Paris Conservatoire. Though a classic spectralist work and a fine demonstration of the acuteness of Grisey’s harmonic and textural imagination, it seems relatively earthbound in comparison with Vortex Temporum, where the music operates on a different plane altogether.
Grisey was the initiator of spectral music a name invented by otherswhich, emerging in Paris in the s, reinserted harmony to post-tonal composition on a new footing. Gramophone’s expert reviews easier than ever before. Few composers could claim to have initiated a whole style.
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.
Widely cultured — he spoke a few languages and was as knowledgeable about the art of the Quattrocento as about the culture of Ancient Egypt — Grisey retained from his early faith a tendency to the mystical, and he often couched his music in images of death. Another long-term project of Grisey’s later years was to write music for solo voice. How, then, Grisey asked himself, to reintroduce dynamism into this post-tonal material? The all-time greats Read about the artists who changed the world of classical music.
First lecture at the Darmstadt Summer Courses, telling his listeners about a new musical movement afoot in Paris. As one of the composers credited with founding the “spectralist” approach to composition – a term that Grisey himself never accepted, but which provides a connecting thread between figures as dissimilar as Dillon, Lindberg and Unsuk Chin – he was an important theoretician in the s and 90s, though 20 years on, it is the power and directness of Grisey’s late works in particular that single him out as such a distinctive voice.
But where many of those imitators got caught up in the academic business of composing ever more complicated spectral chords, often lacking is the dramatic sense Grisey possessed. An accordion virtuoso in his teens ranked as one of the best accordionists in the worldhe also excelled at school, and his Marianist education left him with a devout Catholic faith up till his early 20s.
One of those late pieces is included on this disc – Vortex Temporum, a minute, three-movement work for piano, strings and wind. This latter quality is key: Whether you want to see what we think of today’s latest releases or discover what our critics thought of your favourite recordings from the past, you will find it all in our full-searchable Reviews Database.
Whether in the tangled first movement, which eventually discharges its energy in an explosive piano solo, the slowly unwinding chorale-like progression of the second, or the extended ever-ramifying third, the expressive power and rigour of the musical thought are unmistakable.
Grisey found his solution — and the basis of spectral music — quite by accident.
Grisey was raised in rural Belfort, near the West German and Swiss borders, as the only child of working-class parents. Posthumous London world premiere of Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil.
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This religious element aside, it is striking, when we read his student journal entries preserved at the Paul Sacher Foundation, where I studied themhow presciently he saw the musical style he would go on to create.
In his teens Grisey considered becoming a composer as nothing less than a God-given vocation. Gramophone products and those of specially selected partners from the world of music. After studies at the Hohner Academy in Trossingen, 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. If you are a library, university or other organisation that would be interested in an institutional subscription to Gramophone please click here for further information.