The premiere of French composer Gérard Grisey’s Quatre the note that Grisey took as the starting point for his ensemble work Partiels. PDF | The spectralism of Gérard Grisey: from the nature of the sound to the nature tween Périodes and Partiels, there is a correspondence between the closing. Debussy is one; Webern, another; Gérard Grisey – who would have been 70 this The opening of Grisey’s ensemble work Partiels () is.
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Few composers could claim to have initiated a whole style.
Grisey was the initiator of spectral music a name invented by otherswhich, emerging in Paris in the s, reinserted harmony to post-tonal composition on a new footing. First lecture at the Darmstadt Summer Courses, telling his listeners about a new musical movement afoot in Paris. Grisey was raised in rural Belfort, near the West German and Swiss borders, as the only child of working-class parents.
An accordion virtuoso in his teens ranked as one of the best accordionists in the worldhe also excelled at school, and his Marianist education left him with a devout Catholic faith up till his early 20s. After studies at the Hohner Academy in Trossingen, he entered the Paris Conservatoire, where he won all the main prizes, followed by a period at the Villa Medici and further studies in acoustics.
Widely cultured — he spoke a few languages and was as knowledgeable about the art of the Quattrocento as about the culture of Ancient Egypt — Grisey retained from his early faith a tendency to the mystical, and he often couched his music in images of death.
In his teens Grisey considered becoming a composer as nothing less than a God-given vocation.
This religious element aside, it is striking, when we read his student journal entries preserved at girsey Paul Sacher Foundation, where I studied themhow presciently he saw the musical style he would go on to create.
This latter quality is key: How, then, Grisey asked himself, to reintroduce dynamism into this post-tonal material?
A guide to Gérard Grisey’s music |
Grisey found his solution — and the basis of spectral music — quite by accident. But where many of those imitators got caught gerardd in the academic business of composing ever more complicated spectral chords, often lacking is the dramatic sense Grisey possessed. Another long-term project of Grisey’s later years was to write music for solo voice.
Though he is by turns cast griseh the latest composer in the French coloristic tradition, or as the heir to Boulez in radically rethinking musical composition pariels the foundations up, perhaps what is most notable about Grisey is the humanness of his art and the seriousness of his vocation.
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Skip to main content. Grisey timeline Studies at the Paris Conservatoire. Posthumous London world premiere of Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil.
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