Georges Aperghis born is a composer known for creating works that synthesise instrument, voice, and text, and which go against the hierarchies of orchestra and theatre environments. Born in Greece and now based in Paris, his prolific output includes pieces for orchestras, chamber music, and solo. Agglomeration of high notes are interrupted with coughs, mutters, and stray words seemingly spoken out of turn. The music seemingly finds its strength as the words gradually fade in meaning, a process which endows these compositions with a haunting beauty….
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Archives RSS. Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe. Georges Aperghis I couldn't write at length about Greek composer Georges Aperghis in my preview of Saturday's concert by International Contemporary Ensemble at the MCA , where the program includes two of his compositions. To be honest, I'm playing catch-up where Aperghis is concerned—he wrote a lot of music—and I've still got a long way to go.
But I would like to draw attention to the mind-boggling Recitations '78 , an epic solo work for female voice that makes crazy demands on the performer. It's getting a rare local performance tonight at Corbett vs. Smatterings of French words are strewn throughout Recitations , but most of the sounds are abstract—jarring coughs, mutterings, swoops, and cries that sound like the ranting of a madwoman.
It's quite a ride. The good folks at UbuWeb have made available a masterful Martine Viard performance from Just listening to the work makes plain how difficult it is to perform, but I think it's also instructive to take a gander at the sheet music.
Below you can check out one such example, "Recitation 8. The centerpiece of Saturday night's ICE program is a brand-new composition called Shot in the Dark , which Aperghis wrote specifically for the ensemble—it just got its world premiere last night at New York's Miller Theatre. An excellent new CD from Kairos titled Teeter-Totter collects four works from the past decade that demonstrate the stark power of Aperghis's music.
Contretemps '06 showcases his fascination with the female voice: soprano Donatienne Michel-Dansac juggles French words with abstract, made-up sounds a la Recitations , backed by bracingly dissonant instrumental arrangements performed by Klangforum Wien. Astringent strings, martial brass, and glassy layers of piano, accordion, and reeds surround her crystal-clear exhortations.
The album also includes a powerhouse solo bass piece called Parlando , written for and performed by Uli Fussenegger, along with two related ensemble works: Seesaw and Teeter-totter , which feature pairs of instruments.
The latter is more visceral and unsettling, but not by much. Below you can listen to " Seesaw ," where the various pairings engage in what Aperghis calls "mirror-play," shaping simple patterns and phrases and scrabbling around within those parameters.
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Archives RSS. Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe. Georges Aperghis I couldn't write at length about Greek composer Georges Aperghis in my preview of Saturday's concert by International Contemporary Ensemble at the MCA , where the program includes two of his compositions. To be honest, I'm playing catch-up where Aperghis is concerned—he wrote a lot of music—and I've still got a long way to go. But I would like to draw attention to the mind-boggling Recitations '78 , an epic solo work for female voice that makes crazy demands on the performer. It's getting a rare local performance tonight at Corbett vs.
He was a "composer in residence" in Strasbourg , France. In he was the first recipient of the Mauricio Kagel Music Prize. Aperghis is honored with the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Contemporary Music for his reinvention of music theater, using sound, gesture, space and technology and involving performers in the compositional process. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.