Nastri e note | 2007 - 2017
The unusual compositional method employed by Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi (1905 - 1988) occasioned controversy regarding the authorship of some of his works following his death. Scelsi first improvised his works on an ondiola and other instruments, after which he commissioned assistants to transcribe the taped recordings. Although only portions of the recordings were slated for transcription, the highly idiosyncratic quality of his music posed a challenge, particularly when it came to devising a suitable notation for his novel experiments in pitch and tone. In recent years, the audio recordings have been copied onto digital format for preservation. This valuable resource has now served as the basis for our project, which aims to counterpose Scelsi’s original audio recordings with performances based on the musical score, allowing the listeners to arrive at their own conclusions about the works. In January 2011, the strings performed a program with several compositions as a preliminary appraisal of the ensemble’s engagement with Scelsi’s work. Also a number of solo pieces have been included into different programms. A concert project combined with an exibition is in preparation for 2017.
Ksenija Lukic, soprano | work in progress - Berlin | Gerhardt Müller-Goldboom, conductor