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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Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Different also to Texture I is the scoring for anvils.

Edgard Varese: Ionisation (1931)

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Views Read Edit View history. These also play an important part at bar seven where the crescendo of metallic instruments begins.

Guiro Snare tambour militaire, side drum Bongos Tambourine Structual thought: Another inventive characteristic of Ionisation is its use of timbre in eddgard to rhythm. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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 edard way through.

With this experimentation emerged music written solely for large groups of percussion instruments, the percussion ensemble. Judging by the way these were perceived in the Verticalization of textures, one would expect to hear the perception of a chord, however the quick playing produces a very fast crescendo in the timbre of a roll, moving through the hearing register until being met with a cymbal in the following texture.


Edgard Varèse – Ionisation

Agitated figures in the drums punctuate the backdrop of bells and moaning sirens, increasing in resolve until 4: Each succession of any five chords struck by these instruments contains all twelve pitches of the chromatic collection, thus eliminating their function as melodic or harmonic.

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. Additional taxes may apply.

Genre Chamber Music Classical.

Ionisation, for 13 percussionists | Details | AllMusic

Again the return of the gong; however this time unlike the first appearance of this texture the bass drum is not present. The entrance of the anvils marks a recapitulation, the return of structure one.

Edgafd 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. It is likely that the tambour militaire was the beginning of the Texture II rather than an ending to Texture I.

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. 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.

This may have also been in consideration of the players, as it is very likely that they will not have played each note at the same time at such a quick pace.

Ionisation (Varèse, Edgard) – IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library: Free Public Domain Sheet Music

Firstly it could be seen as a subject, as it has appeared several times and also been mimicked by other instruments. The role of the gong is to act as synthetic articulation to the bass drum.


Reaching its dynamic peak as the second siren joins it, half way through the first scored part of this texture. These are accompanied by the other two cymbals from players 9 and Below is a recording of Ionisation followed by a brief listening guide. The bass drums occupy the lower ranges of the register, while the wood blocks and castanets fill the middle range of the register.

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. Although only short in their parts the blocks help create a sudden switch in pitch perception which is carried on by the bongs.

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. You are commenting using your WordPress.

Composers took special interest in the unique timbres of unpitched percussion instruments and began thinking critically about the many different qualities of sound they could make. Ionisation challenged listeners of the time to think outside of pitch structures and instead focus on rhythm and timbre through the sole use of unpitched percussion instruments. Avant-gardeThomas May.