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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The form of this piece is the very story of the sounds that compose it. Retrieved from ” https: They have applied to time the proportions identical to those one finds in spatial concepts: Grisey won the highly coveted Prix de Romeenabling him to stay at the Villa Medici in Rome from to Anderson Performed with remarkable skill and very well recorded — indeed, with a suitably spacious perspective, this is a valuable document of some significant 20 th century music.

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I firmly believe that it will bring us closer to the illusory stuff mdulations our dreams … Tone-color melodies! Follow us on Twitter. Contemporary Music Review, 2. On commission, I wrote the other three pieces of the cycle: 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 disowned the label in interviews and writings.


IL Carnevale di Venezia Clarinet with orchestra. In addition to their immediate predecessors, like Olivier Messiaen moeulations Karlheinz Stockhausenthe spectralists have important predecessors in the history of music. 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 objects of discussion or research than as a work of art meant to be listened.

Modulationsfor thirty-three musicians 5.

Then I finally decided to compose a complete cycle, starting with a piece for a solo instrument and ending with a large orchestra. Help Center Find new research papers in: Nonetheless, he spent much of his career exploring the spectrum of tone colour between harmonic overtones and noise.

Log In Sign Up. University of California Press, In addition, he was fascinated by musical processes which unfold slowly, and he made musical time a major element of many of his pieces.

Lebaron and Bouliane Transitoiresfor large orchestra 6. Even with its slow movement this remains a world of restless change and often dark, elemental moods helped along by portentous percussion and intense wind and brass clusters or chords that become blended and alternated with alien effects both from orchestral instruments and subtly used synthesized sounds.

Kodulations brass therefore play a very important role in the development of Modulations. Barros 2 binomials Jean-Claude Rissetand also stochastic procedures: The cycle comprises the following pieces: These indicators, essential to our perception, enable us to evaluate the distance covered, gauge the degree of inharmonicity of an interval or complex of sounds, and measure the degree of aperiodicity of the lenghts.

One of the most enjoyable. This approach to composition was midulations called spectralism by the composer and philosopher Hugues Dufourt b. The finest we have had in years.


He won prizes for piano accompaniment, harmony, counterpoint, fugue, and composition at the Conservatoire under Messiaen’s guidance Anon. According to Grisey, the structural procedures used by those composers had enlarged the gap between written and perceived music.


The analysis of sonograms of the brass instruments and their mutes enabled me to reconstitute their timbres synthetically or, to the contrary, distort them. Everything is in motion. During the same year, Grisey went to Berlin as modulation guest of the D. Twentieth century composers, like those of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, have speculated considerably about durations. Certain pieces have a demonstrative aspect, almost didactic, as if I was trying to apply the characteristics of the language I was creating.

I firmly believe it is capable of heightening in an unprecedented manner the sensory, intellectual, and spiritual pleasures offered by art. Some items to consider. The 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 modlations cycle not playable separately as it acts as a conclusion to Transitoires.

He expressed the opinion that: Prologuefor solo viola 2. Grisey commented the composition of the other pieces of the cycle: