2016年7月22日金曜日

Xenakis: Synaphai (1969)

Xenakis: Synaphai (1969)
クセナキス: シナファイ (1969)  (Japanese)

(English)
I'm deeply excited by this piece, whenever I listen to it, The piece has a raging flood of sounds (fiery energy), so the piece braces my energies.
As for musians, Ooi Hiroaki [pf] plays this piece splendidly.
Please listent to the following two parts of YouTube.

(Japanese)
私はクセナキス作曲の『シナファイ』を聴く際はいつも、大変興奮をする。この曲は荒れ狂う音の洪水(激しいエネルギー)のような曲であり、私を元気に奮い起こさせる。
演奏家に関しては、大井浩明(ピアノ)がこの曲を見事に演奏している。
以下のの2つのYouTubeを聴いてみてください。


                  Synaphai (1/2)



                                           Synaphai (2/2)



Reference:
"Synaphai" is often written as "Synaphaï."
Please read the following site.
Synaphaï

In Japanese, please read シナファイ 

2016年7月15日金曜日

Ligeti: Atmosphères

Ligeti: Atmosphères
リゲティ: 「アトモスフェール」(Japanese)

This piece is very famous, since it was used in the "2001: A Space Odyssey." Even people who don't like 21th classical music also know this piece.
The most remarkable feature of the piece is the sound of "tone clusters."
I think that Ligeti made Atmosphères more attractive, by using tone clusters.


2016年7月12日火曜日

Luciano Berio: Sequenza III for female voice (1965)

Luciano Berio: Sequenza III for female voice (1965)
ルチアーノ・ベリオ:女声のためのセクエンツァIII (1965) (Japanese)

I enjoy enjoy listening to this piece without any musical analysis, although this piece is "avant-garde." That is to say, my heart is deeply attracted to the wourld of the piece, even if the musical expression of the piece is not ordinary. In traditional classlical music, songs for females are beatiful in many cases. However, The "Sequenza III" pursuits verious expressions of female voice rather than beatiful expressions.
Probably, at first, you may be surprised at the voice expression at his piece.
Especially, the voice of Cathy Berberian  (the following YouTube)  may leave strong impressions.


2016年7月9日土曜日

Stockhausen: Gruppen ("Groups") for three orchestras

Stockhausen: Gruppen ("Groups") for three orchestras
3群のオーケストラのための「グルッペン」 (Japanese)

"Gruppen ("Groups") for three orchestras" (1955–57) is a very famous piece composed by Karlheinz Stockhausen. This piece is absolutely unique in orchestral formation (three conductors and three small-scale orchestral units).  Furthermore, this piece includes distinguishing features. The following web page explains clearly various features of this piece. Read Sounds in Space



Reference: "Gruppen" means "Groups" in English

2016年7月5日火曜日

Iannis Xenakis: Evryali

Iannis Xenakis: Evryali
ヤニス・クセナキス:エヴリアリ (Japanese)

Evryali is a piece for solo piano composed by Iannis Xenakis.
Many critics analyzed and wrote various reviews about this work. However, before reading the reviwes about it, I would recommend that you listen to this music first.
I think that, when we listen to music, your own impression about the music is most important. I think that reviews written about by others may be helpful for studying music, but your own impression about music can be obtained by yourself.
Fortunately, in additon to sound, the following YouTube shows the score of "Evryali." So, you can acquire a broad grasp of this music.




After you listen to the sound of "Evryali,",  I would recommend that you read articles such as Wikipeida ”Evryali”.


2016年7月3日日曜日

Joji Yuasa:Eye On Genesis I (Eye On Genesis For UPIC)

Joji Yuasa:Eye On Genesis I (Eye On Genesis For UPIC)
湯浅譲二:始原への眼差 I (UPICによる始原への眼差し第一番)  (Japanese)

In Japanaese composers, Toru Takemitsu is the most famous one. In additon to Takemitsu, there are many talented composers in Japan. For example Joji Yuasa is one of the excellent composers in Japan. I think that his "Eye On Genesis I (Eye On Genesis For UPIC)" has execellent quality.
In other works of Yuasa, I like electronic music works auch as " Icon on the Source of White Noise."

Reference:
The UPIC is a computerised musical composition tool, devised by the composer Iannis Xenakis.

In the YouTube below, the initial part of 0:00 - 16:03 is "Eye On Genesis I (Eye On Genesis For UPIC)"


2016年6月26日日曜日

Luc Ferrari: Presque rien No. 1 ‘Le Lever du jour au bord de la mer’

Luc Ferrari is not so famous compared with Boulez, Stockhausen and so on. However, he is an imporatnt composer, especiall, in the electronic music. Especially, his  Presque rien No. 1 ‘Le Lever du jour au bord de la mer’has conspicuous characteristic. In this work, he recorded various natural sounds, such as sounds of boats in a port. In short, he recorded various sound in placid everyday scenes. This work is his typical work and the music style is called 'musique concrète.'
Compared with theoritical music, such as Boulez's 'Structures I & II", we can listen to and enjoy Ferrari's works naturally without musical analysis.

For reference:
"Presque rien" means "Almost nothing."
"Le Lever du jour au bord de la mer" means "The daybreak at the seaside."
In Japanese, Presque rien No. 1 ‘Le Lever du jour au bord de la mer’is translated as 『ほとんど何もない 第一「海岸の夜明け」

Presque rien No. 1 ‘Le Lever du jour au bord de la mer’ (1/3)


Presque rien No. 1 ‘Le Lever du jour au bord de la mer’ (2/3)

Presque rien No. 1 ‘Le Lever du jour au bord de la mer’ (3/3)

2016年6月22日水曜日

Nono: "No hay caminos, hay que caminar - Andrej Tarkowskij"

After the WWII, Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Luigi Nono  began new style music activities. Boulez made intellectual music based on total serialism . Stockhausen made experimental music. Nono also made experimental music However, his works had political intentions. That was the different feature compared with works by Boulez and Stockhausen.

In one of Nono's works, the title of "No hay caminos, hay que caminar - Andrej Tarkowskij" gave me a strong and vivid impression.


2016年6月20日月曜日

Graphic Notation e.g. Stockhausen Studie II

When I a primary school student, I was fascinated by the score --  Graphic Notation -- of Karlheinz Stockhausen. Triangle and square figures are on a musical sheet, instead of traditional musical notes. I wanted to listen to that kind of music. However, in music classes in the primary school, only traditional classical music was taught.
After 20 years old, I had chance to linsten to "Stockhausen: Studie II." I was very fascinated by music, since the music is totally different from the traditional sound such as a piano, violin and so on.

Today, we can easily listen to a lot of pieces of graphic notation on the Internet. It's a great benefit to us.


2016年6月19日日曜日

Pierre Boulez: Douze Notations pour piano

As many people know, Pierre Boulez died at 90 in 2016. In Japan, The NHK broadcast a special TV program on his conductor activity about "The Miraculous Mandarin." However, NHK didn't broacast Boulez's early works such as "Douze Notations pour piano" and "Structures I & II" and so on.
Including NHK, many Japanese media praised him as  "a great composer and condcutor" without introducing the above early works.
I think that the media should tell us not only his latest conducting activities but early composing activities.

So, instead of Japanse media, I introduce "Douze Notations"(1945) to you.


2016年6月18日土曜日

Xenakis: Eonta / Metastasis / Pithoprakta

I would introduce the CD (Eonta / Metastasis / Pithoprakta) to you. The works were composed by Iannis Xenakkis who gains high esteem given by not only 20th century classical music fan but experimenta, electonic musician.
This time I refer to the following CD.

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Orchestra: Paris Contemporary Music Instrumental Ensemble, French Radio National Orchestra
Conductor: Konstantin Simonovic, Maurice Le Roux
Composer: Iannis Xenakis
Eonta / Metastasis / Pithoprakta
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Please try to listen to the three works.


●Eonta




●Metastasis




●Pithoprakta




If you are satisfied, I would recommend that you buy the CD.
Because the CDs in the field of 20th century classical music become soon  out-of-print albums, you may not buy the CD.

2016年6月15日水曜日

"Hiroshima"- Nise (Fraud) Beethoven and Penderecki's works

"Hiroshima"- Nise (Fraud) Beethoven and Penderecki's works
『広島』- 偽ベートーベンとペレデレツキの作品(Japanese)

In 2014, in Japan, a person (his name is Samuragochi) who expressed that he composed a new symphony related to Hiroshima. In first, Samuragochi claimed that had the ability to compose music, although he was deaf. From this situation, he was likened to Beethoven. However, he was not able to compose any music and he had standard auditory perception. Even in this situation, he pretended to be deaf. So, he employed a goshtwriter (a professional composer) and oudered the goshtwriter to compose a new symphony (called "Hiroshima"). At first, people believed that Samuragochi composed the symphony. However, his fraud was exposed. After all,  Samuragochi was called "Nise Beethoven." "nise" is a Japanese word and means "fraud." As to the specific story,  BBC carryied this touble as 'Japanese Beethoven' admits he is a fraud.

I can't assess the value of the new symphony. Instead, in music related to Hiroshima, I would recommend that you listen to Penderecki's "Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima."



(Japanese)日本語での要約
2014年、日本の佐村河内氏が広島に関する交響曲を作ったと話題となった。彼は聴覚障害ながらも作曲ができるということで、「現代のベートーベン」と呼ばれた。しかし、彼は作曲ができなかった。そこで、佐村河内氏はゴーストライターを使って広島に関する交響曲『Hiroshima』を発表した。私は彼の作品は聴く価値はないと思う。むしろ、ペンデレツキの「広島の犠牲者に捧げる哀歌」を聴くことをお勧めする。