The Humanistic Pathos of Iannis Xenakis’ Choral Musical Legacy


Aleksandr [S] Ryzhinskii


The article is devoted to study of the substantive vectors of Iannis Xenakis’ choral music. The author elicits the crucial themes declared for the first time in the 1960s, which have preserved their relevance during the course of the composer’s entire choral output. Also, the author discusses particularities of the interactions between the text and music, and the specificity of the timbral solution of the compositions, making it possible to speak of both the influence on the choral writing of the composer’s contemporaries and of the individuality of the creative manner of Xenakis himself. Within the framework of textural analysis, the main varieties of texture characteristic for Xenakis’ compositions of that time period are educed: along with the newest techniques of “artificial reverberation” and elements of diagonal organization, we can encounter the types of musical exposition characteristic for compositions of romantic composers – homophonic-harmonic, chordal, homophonic-polyphonic, and strata texture, as well as the classical techniques of juxtaposition of soli – tutti. Such a combination of traditional and the newest techniques of choral writing is analogous to the coexistence of techniques of phoneme composition and a strict adherence to ancient literary sources. In total, all of this stipulates the brilliant individuality of Iannis Xenakis’ choral musical legacy.


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Ryzhinskii, A. [S]. (2020). The Humanistic Pathos of Iannis Xenakis’ Choral Musical Legacy. ARS INTER CULTURAS, (9), 81-93.


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