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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Click here to sign up. Support us financially by purchasing this from. In the beginning, spectralists opposed to compose hrisey permutation of musical parameters and with the formal structuralism practiced by their predecessors.

According to Joshua Fineberg, Tristan Murail stated that spectralism is a term that refers to an attitude towards music and composition, instead of a collection of techniques or a particular style.

According to Grisey, the structural procedures used by those composers had enlarged the modulation between written and perceived music. Skip to main content. Sinfonie Concertanti for two flutes and orchestra. Lebaron, Anne, and Denys Bouliane. The finest we have had in years. Remember me on this computer. The form of this piece is the very story of the sounds that compose it.

Gérard Grisey

Partielsfor eighteen musicians 4. How acute the senses that would be able to perceive them!

IL Carnevale di Venezia Clarinet with orchestra. Though useful as methods of working, such speculations still fall far short of sound as it is perceived. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Barros 4 The composer left a number of texts in which he describes his compositional procedures and his aesthetics preferences.


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As a support for his classes, Grisey prepared a text called Tempus ex Machina, the same name of a piece for six percussionists that he composed in the previous year. Some items to consider. He expressed the opinion that: I firmly believe that it will bring us closer to the illusory stuff of our dreams … Tone-color melodies! Everything is in motion.


It is a cycle of pieces composed in eleven yearsthus representing different moments in the development of jodulations compositional language.

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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.

The analysis of sonograms of the brass instruments and their mutes enabled me to reconstitute their timbres synthetically or, to the contrary, distort them. During the same year, Grisey went to Berlin as a guest of the D. 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 pieces may also be played in any number, as long as their order is respected.

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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. These indicators, essential to our perception, enable us to evaluate modulationa distance covered, gauge the degree of inharmonicity of an interval or complex of sounds, and measure the degree of aperiodicity of the lenghts.


Espace Acoustiques both inhabits and eschews the avant-garde of its period, still sounding fresh and relevant from its origins in the s. But it is one which, I firmly believe, will be realized. The solo viola has us cast our minds back to the Prologueits ruminations interrupted by the orchestra and commented modulationns by four French horns that seem to jeer at its gestures. This relatively brief final movement is a summation and destruction of what has gone before, the beauty of the upper harmonic modulatiojs becoming subsumed in a kind of rampant iconoclasm of trampling rhetorical horns, sliding strings and pedal tones that shift and descend with irresponsible abandon.

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. How high the development of spirit that could find pleasure in such subtle things! Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. This approach to composition was later called spectralism by the composer and philosopher Hugues Dufourt b.