25 years after Grisey’s own ‘Partiels,’ all that the self-styled specialists in ‘ Modulations’ for 33 musicians comes next, then ‘Transitoires’ for large orchestra. Stream Gérard Grisey – Modulations by Ens. intercontemporain from desktop or your mobile device. Gérard Grisey was a twentieth-century French composer of contemporary classical music. Les espaces acoustiques – IV – Modulations, for orchestra ( –77); Sortie vers la lumière du jour, for electric organ and 14 musicians ( ).

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For these musicians, some of the scores that were composed during the preceding decades were so detached from the listening experience that they could be more meaningful as objects of discussion or research than as a work of art meant to be listened. Prologuefor solo viola 2.

How acute the senses that would be able to perceive them!


He subsequently left for the University of California, Berkeleywhere he was appointed professor of theory and composition for the years — Anderson or until Anderson This page was last edited on 24 Novemberat 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: The English composer Jonathan Harvey b.

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Barros 2 binomials Jean-Claude Rissetand also stochastic procedures: The point of transition between Modulations and Gisey could almost have come from something by Modulationd Messiaen, but Transitoires opens with those distinctive upper harmonic sounds over a sotto voce pedal tone to create an atmosphere of mystery and expectation from a different galaxy to the older master.


This relatively brief final movement is a summation and destruction of what has gone before, the beauty of the upper harmonic resonances becoming subsumed in a kind of rampant iconoclasm of trampling rhetorical horns, sliding strings and pedal tones that shift and descend with irresponsible abandon. These indicators, essential to our perception, enable us to evaluate the distance covered, gauge the degree of inharmonicity of an interval or complex of sounds, and measure the degree of aperiodicity of the lenghts.

That has the appearance of a futuristic fantasy and is probably just that.

Gérard Grisey – Wikipedia

They have applied to time the proportions identical to those one finds in spatial concepts: Nonetheless, he spent much of his career exploring the spectrum of tone colour between harmonic overtones and noise. The end of each piece corresponds to the beginning of grjsey next.

Grisey won the highly coveted Prix de Romeenabling him to stay at the Villa Medici in Rome from to Anderson Help Center Find new research papers in: It is a cycle of pieces composed in eleven yearsthus representing different moments in the development of his compositional language.

IL Carnevale di Venezia Clarinet with orchestra. But it is one which, I firmly believe, will be realized. One of the most enjoyable. Barros 4 The composer left a number of texts in which he describes his compositional procedures and his aesthetics preferences.

Modulations — SMCQ

Lebaron, Anne, and Denys Bouliane. Donate and keep us afloat. How high the development of spirit that could find pleasure in such subtle things!

He expressed the opinion that: CD 2 at once brings us into more symphonic realms, with Modulations written for 33 players. 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.


Even with its slow movement this remains a world of restless change and often dark, elemental moods helped along by portentous percussion and intense wind and brass clusters or chords that become blended and alternated with alien effects both from orchestral instruments and subtly used synthesized sounds. Contemporary Music Review, 2.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The faster moving contrasts of the second half of Transitoires and a return to a solo viola section sets us up for Epiloguethe only piece of the cycle not playable separately as it acts as a conclusion to Transitoires.

The parameters of the sound are oriented and directed so as to create several processes of modulation, processes that broadly resort to the discoveries of acoustics: See what you will get. Due to the care constantly brought to bear, not on the material itself but on the void, on the distance seperating the perceived instant from the following instant degree of change or evolutionI think that I have somewhat approached the essential time, no longer chronometric time but psychological time and its relative value.

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