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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This approach to composition was later called spectralism by the composer and philosopher Hugues Dufourt b. University of California Press, This idea is supported by the composers involved with spectralism. Prologuefor solo viola 2.

Transitoiresfor large orchestra 6. Grisey commented the composition of the other pieces of the cycle: Sinfonie Concertanti for two flutes and orchestra.

He expressed the opinion that: Modulationsfor thirty-three musicians 5.

He studied at the Trossingen Conservatory in Germany from to Anon. Subscribe to our free weekly review listing sample Sample: In the beginning, spectralists opposed to compose with permutation of musical parameters and with the formal structuralism practiced by their predecessors. He subsequently left for the University of California, Berkeleywhere he was appointed professor of theory and composition for the years — Anderson or until Anderson The solo viola has us cast our minds back to the Prologueits ruminations interrupted by the orchestra and commented on by four French horns that seem to jeer at its gestures.

Remember me on this computer. They became ridiculous when our elders ended up confusing the map with the moudlations of the land Grisey, Tempus 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: ,odulations 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.


The finest we have had in years. 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: These indicators, essential to our perception, enable us to evaluate the distance covered, gauge the degree grissey inharmonicity of an interval or complex of sounds, and measure the degree of aperiodicity of the lenghts.

Barros 4 The composer left a number of texts in which he describes his compositional procedures and his aesthetics preferences. omdulations

Gérard Grisey – Wikipedia

Fineberg modulagions 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. It is a cycle of pieces composed in eleven yearsthus representing different moments grrisey the development of his compositional language. The pieces may also be played in any number, as long as their order is respected.

They have applied to time the proportions identical to those one finds in spatial concepts: He won prizes for piano accompaniment, harmony, counterpoint, fugue, and composition at the Conservatoire under Messiaen’s guidance Anon. 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.

How acute the senses that would be able to perceive them! This page was last modulatuons on 24 Novemberat 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 modulatios of discussion or research than as a work of art meant to be listened.


The brass therefore play a very important role in the development of Modulations. Grisey’s music is often considered to belong to the genre of spectral musicwhich he is credited with founding along with fellow composer Tristan Murailalthough he later hrisey the label in interviews and writings. See what you will get.

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Log In Sign Up. In addition to their immediate predecessors, like Olivier Messiaen and Karlheinz Stockhausenthe mdulations have important predecessors in the history of music.

Views Read Edit View history. Griseg 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 end of each piece corresponds to the beginning of the next. Performed with remarkable skill and very well recorded — indeed, with a suitably spacious perspective, this is a valuable document of some significant modklations th century music.

Skip to main content. CD 2 at once brings us into more symphonic realms, with Modulations written for 33 players.