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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Historic Works for Percussion Ensemble. The Gramophone Shop Encyclopedia.

Alles rund um Kunst – Seite 5 says: You are commenting using your WordPress. In Ionisation, rhythmic cells are expanded, varied, and contrasted against one another. In this structure, the general range of frequencies produced by the instruments played are fairly low, making use of several bass drums, sirens at a low dynamic, and a collection of tam-tams.

Having moved to America at the age of 32, the French-born composer was deeply affected by the aural experience of living in urban New York. The View From The Edge. Ionisation continues to be an important cornerstone in the world of percussion but also in a broader musical sense. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.

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Ionisation (Varèse, Edgard)

Nicolas Slonimsky conducted it at Carnegie Hall, on March 6,and the composer later dedicated the work to him. The premiere ended in tremendous applause, though some might have clapped simply because the piece was over.


Email required Address never made public. Occasional relief is found in rhythmic unisons, that bind the separate blocks of sound into a single, propulsive rush, but there are not many.

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 ionistion ‘lion’s roar. Measure 13 marks a 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 You must be logged ergard to post a comment.

In Balinese gamelan, the parts become faster and more animated as the instruments varexe smaller and higher pitched. Leave a Reply x You must be logged in to post a comment. This results in a stratification of rhythms, with the gongs playing extremely ionisatioj rhythms and the other parts providing faster figurations of the main melody, resulting in a complex tapestry of rhythms. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: By the early twentieth century, many compositions for orchestra and chamber ensembles featured a vast array of percussion instruments and had been praised by music critics of the time.

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This site uses cookies. Below is a recording of Ionisation ionisxtion by a brief listening guide. 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.


Though music for percussion ensemble has become widely accepted in the past century, controversy still follows Ionisation as to whether it is the first piece written for percussion ensemble and just how wide the scope of its influence is on further compositions for percussion instruments. The Boydell Press, Ionisation features the expansion and variation of rhythmic cellsand the title refers to the ionization of molecules.

As the composer later described, “I was not influenced by composers as much as by natural objects and physical phenomena. There are suggestions of the characteristic varesw of modern city life.

Ionisation, for 13 percussionists

Ionisation challenged listeners of the time to think outside of pitch structures and instead focus on rhythm and timbre through the sole use of unpitched vaarese instruments. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. While the piano, chimes, and glockenspiel are all pitched instruments, they are not used in an expected way.