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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Well, that would count as part of the larger piece, rather than a stand-alone piece in and of itself.

There is still debate today on whether Ionisation was edgaard first piece written for percussion ensemble. Composers took special interest in the unique timbres of unpitched percussion instruments and began thinking critically about the many different qualities of sound they could make. Retrieved 30 August You are commenting using your Facebook account.

The World’s Encyclopaedia of Recorded Music. At subsequent performances, however, Ionisation was not as well received.

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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 with other motives.

But when they hear sounds that no violins, wind instruments, or percussion of the orchestra can produce, it does not occur to them to demand those sounds for science. Ionisation is a musical cornerstone in the development of composing for percussion instruments.

Ionisation eclipses these other pieces in importance to the creation and development of the percussion ensemble medium, as it is the first piece of Western art music to be written for solely unpitched percussion instruments and make the world edgrad the definition of music. Les Percussions de Strasbourg 50th Anniversary. Notify me of new comments via email.


Sanctuary Publishing, The early twentieth century saw a rise in the role of percussion instruments in Western art music. Occasional relief is found in rhythmic unisons, that bind the separate blocks of sound into a single, propulsive rush, but there are not many.

Nicolas Slonimsky conducting Ionisation in Havana.

A Sketch of the Man and His Music”. You are commenting using your WordPress. There are those indefinite in pitch, like the bass drum, snare drum, wood blocks, and cymbals; those of relatively definite musical pitch, such as the piano and chimes; those of continually moving pitch, like the sirens and ‘lion’s roar. Each succession of any five chords struck by these instruments contains all twelve pitches of the chromatic collection, thus eliminating their function as melodic or harmonic.

Ionisation, for 13 percussionists

Another inventive characteristic of Ionisation is its use of timbre in relation to rhythm. This structure continues until measure 51 with the heralding entrance of the anvils. In this first appearance, the bongos and the military drum provide the rhythmic counterpoint while supported by accents from the maracas, vaerse, bass drum, and slapstick.

Ionisation features the expansion and variation of rhythmic cellsand the title refers to the ionization of molecules. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

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The reaction to such an ensemble was mixed; some skeptics claimed that music written solely for unpitched instruments was in fact not music at all, while other music critics found the work fascinating and inventive for its exceptional use of timbre and rhythm. Introspection Late Night Partying. AllMusic Featured Composition Noteworthy. Sexy Trippy All Moods.


Da Capo Press, Yet what is striking about this piece of music is the degree of sensitivity with which the composer controls the instrumental timbres, achieving an understated grace and eloquence of expression which reaches far beyond more common functional uses of percussion.

Ionisation (Varèse, Edgard)

Here lie two reasons for the debate: In Ionisation, rhythmic cells are expanded, varied, and contrasted against one another. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: The entrance of the anvils marks a recapitulation, the return of structure one. Create a free website or blog at WordPress. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Frank Zappa often claimed that Ionisation inspired him to pursue a career in music.

The View From The Edge. Long-Standing Debate There is still debate today on whether Ionisation was the first varee written for percussion ensemble. In contrast, the instruments with the largest rhythmic values are the bass drum, gongs, and sirens. Studia Musicologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae. Streams Videos All Posts.

Views Read Edit View history. The ominous opening of rolling bass drums and gongs gives way at 0: There are suggestions of the characteristic sounds of modern city life. To the Beat of His Own Drum: