Giacinto Scelsi: a composer's path towards improvisation
17 January 2019
Royal Conservatoire Antwerp - Muziekstudio - Desguinlei 25 - 2018 Antwerpen
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Research seminar that will investigate the unique compositional approach of Giacinto Scelsi and the consequences it has for performers
About the seminar
The seminar will investigate the unique compositional approach of Giacinto Scelsi and the consequences for performers. The concert will present the world premiere of his latest rediscovered work.
Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi regarded the process of improvising music as a means of removing the consciousness of the composer from the process of creating music; he believed that while improvising in deep meditation, he could become a channel for higher forces which would enable the creation of works that were otherwise impossible through ordinary composition. His extemporaneous sonic actions were recorded on a magnetic tape and the transcription of the scores delegated to a third person; today’s performers are faced with written scores that are a mere blueprint of the sonic phenomenon produced by the improvising composer.
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