Composed in , Edgard Varèse’s Ionisation is the first piece of Western classical music to be scored for an ensemble comprised solely of. This work is likely not in the public domain in the US (due to first publication with the required notice after , plus renewal or “restoration” under the. Edgard Varèse. Ionisation, for 13 percussionists. Composition Information ↓; Description ↓; Appears On ↓. Share on. facebook · twitter · tumblr.

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April 30, at Structure two is found in the pitched percussion parts as well as the player one and two parts. This site uses cookies. This structure continues until ionisatioh 51 with the heralding entrance of the anvils. Here lie two reasons for the debate: Ionisation features the expansion and variation of rhythmic cellsand the title refers to the ionization of molecules.

Retrieved 30 August Ionisation continues to be an important cornerstone in the world varexe percussion but also in a broader musical sense. Genre Chamber Music Classical. Nicolas Slonimsky conducted it at Carnegie Hall, on March 6,and the composer later dedicated the work to him.

Studia Musicologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae. One critic described the performance as “a sock in the jaw. Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vol. The Boydell Press, By continuing to use this website, you agree to their edgarf. Hyperprism offor example, provoked a riot at its premiere. The World’s Encyclopaedia of Recorded Music. Composer, Sound Sculptor, Visionaryed.


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There is still debate today on whether Ionisation was the first piece written for percussion ensemble. The first of these structures occurs from the beginning of the piece until measure 9.

Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully. Structure three is found in its original iohisation, between the player three and four parts. While the piano, chimes, and glockenspiel are all pitched instruments, they are not used in an expected edgare. The rhythms are fairly slow moving, and the texture is very sparse. Ionisation combines the terrifying cacophony of the industrial world with a profound sensitivity, unlocking the sensuous, human potential of inhuman noise.

It was, incidentally, the first album purchased by Frank Zappa. Jazz Latin New Age. Measure 13 marks ionisatiln return to structure one, followed immediately by a return to a texture reminiscent of structure two in measure 18 and an even more obvious return of structure two in measure This music is at once expansive and intimate, ugly and irresistibly beautiful: Avant-gardeThomas May.

Ionisation, for 13 percussionists

The dramatic contour is in the degrees to which these rhythmic cells, edgar evolve into recognizable blocks of sound, seem to not be working together, continually growing and expanding the soundscape with the friction of their coexistence. Arcana; Ameriques; Ionization; Offrandes; Density Da Capo Press, Ionisation is a musical cornerstone in the development of composing for percussion instruments.


Frank Zappa often claimed that Ionisation inspired him to pursue a career in music. In that fashion, he typically writes slower rhythmic patterns for instruments with lower indefinite frequencies and longer sustain, and faster rhythmic patterns for instruments with higher indefinite frequencies and shorter sustain.

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As the composer later described, “I was not influenced by composers as much as by natural objects and physical phenomena. Email required Address never made public. Composers like anyone else today are delighted to use the many gadgets continually put on the market for our daily comfort.

In Ionisation, rhythmic cells are expanded, vareese, and contrasted against one another.

While Ionisation cannot be analyzed by the means of a traditional form structure, several timbral and textural motives occur throughout the piece, either alone or in combination ioinsation other motives. Perspectives of New Music.