Musique et architecture

  • December 10, 2010
    8:00 pm
Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur
100, rue Sherbrooke Est — Montréal, Québec


  • Iannis Xenakis, ST/4 (1956-62)
    string quartet
  • string quartet
    • 1. With Great Tenderness • Avec une grande tendresse (dolcissimo)
    • 2. The Spirit Calls: Dualism, Ambivalence, Conflict • L’appel de l’esprit: dualisme, ambivalence, conflit (drammatico)
    • 3. The Soul Awakens… • L’âme se réveille… (con transparenza)
    • 4. … and Falls Once More Into Pathos, But Now With a Sense of Imminent Release • … et tombe de nouveau dans le pathos mais maintenant avec un pressentiment de la libération (con tristezza)
    • 5. Liberation, Catharsis • Libération, catharsis
  • string quartet
  • string quartet


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A concert dedicated to the music of Giacinto Scelsi and Iannis Xenakis, two composers who derive their music from architectural ideals, both in very different ways. In both cases, the musical content derives entirely from musical architecture — in place of melody, harmony, rhythm, we hear entirely the structure. These composers are almost never performed side by side, as their schools of followers consider themselves to be very different from each other. Here we have programmed an early work and a late work from each composer, to give a rare opportunity to compare, to experience four very different objects of musical architecture, of musical space.