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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It is a cycle of pieces composed in eleven yearsthus representing different moments in the development of his compositional language. The filter is removed, time is drawn apart, the spectra explode into 55 overtones, and true spectral polyphony runs the gamut of the tonal space.

He won prizes for piano accompaniment, harmony, counterpoint, fugue, and composition at the Conservatoire under Messiaen’s modultions Anon. Points in this piece create some beautiful effects with fields of sound almost reminiscent of Ligeti, though without his more overt building and puncturing of tonal tensions.

For Grisey, this is a music that deals with changes, with the thresholds of perception between one sound and the other. Subscribe to our free weekly review listing sample Sample: The second chapter deals with the musical analysis.

Gérard Grisey

Les Espaces acoustiques seems to me a great laboratory in which the spectral techniques are applied in a number of different situations from the solo instrument to the large orchestra.

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.


They have applied to time the proportions identical to those one finds in spatial concepts: The only markers in this drift, slow and dynamic at the same time, are a spectrum of harmonics on E Certain pieces have a demonstrative aspect, almost didactic, as modulationss I was trying to apply the characteristics of the language I was creating.

Lebaron and Bouliane Then I finally decided to compose a complete cycle, starting with a piece for a solo instrument and ending with a large orchestra. Log In Sign Up. How high the development of spirit that could find pleasure in modulatipns subtle things!

Help Center Find new research papers in: Espace Acoustiques both inhabits and eschews the avant-garde of its period, still sounding fresh and relevant from its origins in the s. He subsequently left for the University of California, Berkeleywhere he was appointed professor of theory and composition for the years — Anderson or until Anderson Fineberg also mentions that a shared characteristic among the spectralists is the consideration of music as sound, the practice of composition as the sculpture of sound in time 3.

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That has the appearance of a futuristic fantasy and is probably just that. The pieces may also be played in any number, as long as their order is respected. Partielsfor eighteen musicians 4. You can also use this FreeFind but it is not so comprehensive. Grisey commented the composition of the griseg pieces of the cycle: The English composer Jonathan Harvey b.


This approach geisey composition was later called spectralism by the composer and philosopher Hugues Dufourt b. Click here to sign up. The analysis of sonograms of the brass instruments and their mutes enabled me to reconstitute their timbres synthetically or, to the contrary, distort them. 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.


In the beginning, spectralists opposed to compose with permutation of musical parameters and with the formal structuralism practiced by their predecessors. One of the most enjoyable. Views Read Edit View history. In addition to their immediate predecessors, like Olivier Messiaen and Karlheinz Stockhausenthe spectralists have important predecessors in the history of music. List of music students by teacher: Contemporary Music Review, Remember me on this computer.

Prologuefor solo viola 2. Barros 2 binomials Jean-Claude Rissetand also stochastic procedures: The point of transition between Modulations and Transitoires could almost have come from something by Olivier 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.

Modulationsfor thirty-three musicians 5. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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.

This relatively brief final movement is a summation and destruction of grizey has gone before, the beauty of the upper harmonic resonances becoming subsumed in a kind of rampant iconoclasm of gtisey rhetorical horns, sliding strings and pedal tones that shift and descend with irresponsible abandon.