Compared to those monuments, the French-American composer Edgard Varèse’s “Ionisation” barely amounts to a flyspeck. The work’s 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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The most dominate sound heard throughout this piece is the snare; this is only overpowered by the siren that ends this sections with what is best described as a scream sound. This results in a stratification of rhythms, with the gongs playing extremely slow rhythms and the other parts providing faster figurations of the main melody, resulting in a complex tapestry of rhythms. In the first bar this was spread over three bars. The elaborations that took place in the first version of this texture are present with the exception of the tambourine being removed; the anvils are also a new addition ionissation the elaborations.


Analytical Breakdown of Ionisation – Edgard Varèse – NTMusic

Alles rund um Kunst – Seite 5 says: You are commenting using your WordPress. The return of Texture I but this time the metallic instruments dominate throughout.

The coda marks the first and only instance where all three structures are superimposed upon each other. While the piano, chimes, and glockenspiel are all pitched instruments, they are not used in an expected way. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. The first bar also includes parts of the metallic instruments inventory, one of the main thematic pieces to Texture I.

Below is a recording of Ionisation followed by a brief listening guide. The guiro and siren have now become the sustaining instruments with the bongos, side drum and maracas performing the linear elaborations.

Hyperprism offor example, provoked a riot at its premiere. Texture III also includes and removes individual elements that are important in developing the piece further.

Even when playing the final cymbal a bar before the ending of the texture the decay of the cymbal fall into what would be first of the virtualization of parts. Amazon Konisation Cloud storage from Amazon. The premiere of this work sparked debate among music critics about the merit of the work and whether music without any discernible pitches could be considered music at all.


September 13, at 5: You are commenting using your Facebook account. The Boydell Press, As explained this motif has a role of an episodic figure and can been seen through out the score in either its iobisation form or in an varfse pattern with other associated instruments.

But when they hear sounds that no violins, wind instruments, or percussion of the orchestra varesr produce, it does not occur to them to demand those sounds for science. Ionisatio consistent pattern can be heard on the tambour militaire standing out as one of the main thematic parts to Texture II. AllMusic Featured Composition Noteworthy. It is likely that the vxrese militaire was the beginning of the Texture II rather than an ending to Texture I. From the Album Percussion Music: The gong and tam-tams are deliberately noted in a way that suggests that their roll in this texture is a further sustaining of the timbre, much in the same way as the tambourine and sleigh bells.

Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully. An almost identical part to bar exgard is also played by the tarole drum at bar fifty-six. All of the structures seem to make shortened entrances throughout this recapitulation until the coda at measure One of the most dominate parts to the texture creating a daunting sound to the finale while at the same time creating warm reverb with the piano.

The triangle also plays a dominate role for the first time. Occasional relief is found eegard rhythmic unisons, that bind the separate blocks of sound into a single, propulsive rush, but there are not many. The introduction of the anvils in Texture I version II now becomes apparent.

Although not present in the first playing of this texture its role in this texture is to add a perception of melody, finally joining the other instruments used for linear elaborations in the texture that follows.

A very strong sense of rhythm dominates the whole of this ionisatiom with the tambour militaire being the most dominate of all. Following a brief interruption from 0: A sudden increase in volume is heard as this section starts followed by what could be described as pots and pans being hit with no apparent pattern.

Ionisation (Varèse, Edgard)

There are those indefinite in pitch, ionisaion 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. Three separate levels of the hearing register are used to create the effect of elaborations.


Another key instrument heard is a snare playing fast in the opening two bars and is also heard as part of the crescendo. With having such a long decay these fit almost perfectly with the action of the piano, creating an individual feeling of falling, as well as a colouring of the register between itself and the piano.

Edgard Varese: Ionisation () by The New Jersey Percussion Ensemble on Amazon Music –

Streams Videos All Posts. You are commenting using your Twitter account. A decline in instruments used is heard as the tarole plays a short solo before being joined again by the anvils. The third hit of the drum disguises the slow attack of the gong, giving the impression of a sound evolving edagrd from the bass drum.

These also contribute to the perception of falling pitch at bar twenty-seven. Reaching edgad dynamic peak as the second siren joins it, half way through the first scored part of this texture. The lions roar String drum brings the texture to an end, the use of this is important as it gives a clear sense of pitch rising in preparation for the next texture that is placed higher up the register in terms of the timbre. Therefore if this had been the first use of the anvils varsse would expect this to be a ionisztion individual texture, or as the case is in Texture I version II, a second version of a Texture I.

This could also be the reason why the sixteenth notes of the maracas are played when the snare is edvard in bar eight. Player 7’s triangle and player 10’s cymbal play a main part in sustaining the timbre, while the wood blocks perform a rhythmic pattern almost identical to bars twenty-three and twenty-four. The snare a thematic part throughout plays a type of call and response between the other instruments present; this could also be seen as colouring of the register and at the edgatd time adding motion to the stricter patterns the other percussion parts are playing.

Share Facebook Twitter Pinterest. What is most surprising about the snares is how they still seem to hold the most dominance over what is already high polyphonic section.