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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Vares Choose a language for shopping. A return varesr the metallic sonority from Texture I is accompanied by the use of the anvils that play in the fashion of a melody.

Texture I finished high in its timbre, this texture moves down the hearing registry to a more middle ranged frequency position. It achieves this by taking the rhythmic parts of the bongos and the tambour militaire, while elaborating itself with a trading of notes from player nines snare drum.

The guiro, castanet and tambourine play what in harmony would be called a melody, they are also isolated from the other instruments to emphasis their role. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. It was assumed that the tambour militaire was an ending to Texture I. This music is at once expansive and intimate, ugly and irresistibly beautiful: One critic described the performance as “a sock in the jaw.

This is followed by a different snare playing a quartet of notes. Bar twenty six sees further evidence of elaborations taking place with the tarole rhythmically filling the space of the tambour militaire and bongos, with the tambour militaire now acting as a fermata.

You are commenting using your WordPress. The maracas during the first few bars play a part of colouring; however during bar three of this texture we see a clever swap in timbre frequency when the last beat in the bar on the snare is held with the maracas playing what seems to be the tambour militaire part.

There are also similarities to Texture I and Texture II, a degree of juxtaposing of the two textures is felt as the texture starts. The final sounds heard in this texture give the impression of an almighty roll or conclusion. It was among the first concert hall compositions for percussion ensemble alone, although Alexander Tcherepnin had composed an entire movement for percussion alone in his Symphony No. With this experimentation emerged music written solely for large groups of percussion instruments, the percussion ensemble.


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Instead of adding colour to the high end of the hearing register, it acts as part of the dynamic build up of the texture, at the same time complementing the anvils with what can be best varees as a underlining of colour.

In this first appearance, the bongos and the military drum provide the rhythmic counterpoint while supported by accents from the maracas, cymbals, bass drum, and slapstick. 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 and ‘lion’s roar.

As it sits at the higher end of the frequency scale it needs to be an instrument with a short decay to enable it to be part of the elaborations due to the gong and tam-tam being present in this texture. Retrieved 30 August Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here The only other metallic instrument used with these properties is farese triangle; however the triangle is not an instrument with a high dynamic level.

Edgard Varèse – Ionisation

Sexy Trippy All Moods. The next section begins at 2: As explained this motif has a role of an episodic figure and can been seen through out the score in either its full form or in an arpeggio pattern with other associated instruments.

Guiro Snare tambour militaire, side drum Bongos Tambourine Structual thought: The first bar also includes parts of the metallic instruments inventory, one of the main thematic pieces to Texture I. The premiere ended in tremendous applause, though some might have clapped simply because the piece was over.

Contextures; Ionsation for Percussion. Periodically the crash cymbal or gong is heard clearly above the other instruments although any signs of these instruments are eliminated by the time the texture is three quarters of the way through.

Edgard Varese: Ionisation (1931)

April 30, at Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. 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 same time adding motion to the stricter patterns the other percussion parts are playing.

When the dynamic feel is increased, more instruments that were scored in Texture II are reintroduced, there is however also instruments that are not from Texture I or Texture II. Throughout, all of the textures register positions has played a key part in positioning of notes, this is shown at is best as the piano and the cymbal play together, both are dominate sounding instruments but clearly the piano at bar seventy-six is acting as added reverberation iknisation were created by the previous forearm strikes of the piano.


The tarole plays an important part in bringing the sense of pitch of the elaborations lower, just enough to prepare the other instruments for the start of the second elaborations.

In Edgrd I the cymbals had been a main part of the composition; the scoring of pp lowers the dynamic level enough to not overpower the bongos or snare, leaving it to act as colouring to vaese lower end of the frequency scale.

Ionisation, Edgard Varèse | Articulate Silences

Their inclusion is also fundamental in the perception of elaborations taking place. The tambour militaire in this texture actually contradicts the analysis of Texture I. Although only short in their parts the blocks help create a sudden switch in pitch perception which is carried on by the bongs. The View From The Edge. The siren is also dominate iinisation noted louder than in Texture I. However as this is the last section of the piece it must be seen as a coda or a conclusion.

However as the tambour militaire is the first instrument heard on the upbeat and also directs the overall barese decent from a high to low.

The castanets also take part in an effect with the cymbal of player nine. The anvils are used as one of the main thematic elements to elaborations.

From the Album Percussion Music: While the piano, chimes, and glockenspiel are all pitched instruments, they are not used in an expected way. This texture is effectively half the size in bars from the first appearance of Texture I. Ionisation features the expansion and variation of rhythmic cellsand the title refers to the ionization of molecules.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. None of the high resonance metallic instruments are used in this section as their decay would overlap or overpower the gong and tam-tams that are introduced at bar thirty-eight.

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