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。