Giacinto Scelsi: Anahit by musical observations, released 14 August Giacinto Scelsi was an Italian composer who also wrote surrealist poetry in French. He is best Today, some of his music has gained popularity in certain postmodern composition circles, with pieces like his “Anahit” and his String Quartets. Stream Giacinto Scelsi — Anahit (extract) by Klangforum Wien from desktop or your mobile device.
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Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi is one of the most enigmatic and intriguing figures of 20th century music. Having suffered a breakdown following the Second World War, Scelsi began to explore the meditative qualities of sound almost as a form of therapy, sitting for hours at a time at his piano playing no more than a single note. This process of discovery constituted something of an epiphanic juncture in his musical development: Scelsi thereafter abandoned the serialism of his earlier compositions, taking this new appreciation of the intricate subtleties of sound as the starting point for all of his subsequent music.
Giacinto Scelsi — Anahit (extract) by Klangforum Wien | Free Listening on SoundCloud
This music is a slow, kaleidoscopic procession of translucent orchestral colour saturated with mysterious, static tension and shimmering timbres. Yet, the effect is never that of brutal dissonance. Instead the musical voices seem to circle each other furtively, occasionally coalescing into strikingly lucid harmonies before drifting apart once more: Scored for chamber orchestra and solo violin, Anahit neither embraces the traditional form of the concerto nor overtly rejects it, inhabiting an obscure position between narrative progression and complete abstraction: Positioned as the central thread around which all other musical material revolves, the glistening incandescence of the violin serves to anchor the intangibility of the surrounding soundscape, augmenting the evanescent pulsing of the orchestra with its metallic luminosity.
Whilst this claim may seem somewhat quaint, it is in the ephemeral and iridescent music of Anahit that Scelsi provides his most compelling evidence. The recording below has been removed from YouTube.
Please abahit that the timings given below may no longer coincide with the recording. Anahit is a piece that rewards immersive listening and to dissect it into isolated events would serve only to reduce its mystique. Yet, a few signposts can be useful in grasping the piece for the first time.
Anahit is divided into three sections: The gliding motion of the first section is briefly interrupted at 4: Following the spacious interlude of the second section, the third passage brings the piece to a close with the pulsing of the orchestra supporting strained statements from the violin; as the music draws to scesli close the violin reaches out for and finally achieves the high G towards which the piece has been striving throughout its duration.
Another fine recording is available on the Kairos label, conducted by Hans Zender, but the Accord set is more comprehensive.
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Notify me of new comments via email. AnahitGiacinto Scelsi by tacet Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi is one of the most enigmatic and intriguing figures of 20th century music. Below is a recording of Anahit followed by a brief listening guide. Avant-gardeThomas May.
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