Return to Book Page. Conversations with Iannis Xenakis May 12, Christopher rated it really liked it. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Steven rated it it was amazing Jan 31, Steve D rated it it was amazing Jul 06, Comments are mainly limited to his general aesthetic. Bea Kwan rated it it was amazing Nov 30, There are a number of excerpts from the scores here, though xenakiss always in legible reproduction.
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Lists with This Book. Refresh and try again. One also gets an idea of how Xenakis got along with major figures of new music such as Scherchen, Boulez, Messiaen, Milhaud, Honneger, and Yuji Takahashi. Federico Balducci rated it it was amazing Apr 28, Bea Kwan rated it it was amazing Nov 30, James rated it it was amazing Aug 08, Damian Rees rated it really liked it Jul 16, Cat rated it really liked it Mar 28, Steven rated it it was amazing Jan 31, Chris Gunnell rated it it was amazing Nov 14, He first studied as an architect, but then turned to composition and put to musical use his knowledge of higher mathematics.
Xenakis provides a defense of his latest music, but the question of whether his soundworld changed due to his increasing senility is still up in the air.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Andrew Wjth rated it really liked it May 05, In the interview, Xenakis seems much less passionate. Aubrey rated it it was amazing Sep 30, Jakob Glock rated it really liked it Dec 09, May 12, Christopher rated it really liked it. Shannon rated it liked it Jan 21, Published January 20th by Faber Faber first published December 1st Nickkk rated it it was amazing Oct 06, Mar 11, Beefheartfan rated it it was amazing.
Deniz Yenihayat rated it it was amazing Apr 04, Daniel rated it liked it Dec 06, The composer recounts his upbringing in Romania and Greece, his student activism during World War II and his escape to France, and his life as both composer and architect. Steve D rated cpnversations it was amazing Jul 06, Comments are mainly limited to his general aesthetic. The music of the Greek-born composer, Iannis Xenakis, has been called brutal and violent. Return to Book Page. In these conversations he talks about his life and music.
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Chronology: 1922 - 1954
He is the eldest of three boys: his brother Cosmas became a painter and Jason became a professor of philosophy in the United States. Their father, a son of a farmer from Evvoia, was the director of an English import-export firm. Their mother, who spoke fluent French and German, was a good pianist. She gave Iannis a flute as a present when he was just a little boy and encouraged him to study music. The Xenakis couple attended the Bayreuth Festival several times during the s. Henceforth, the children were raised by French, German and English nannies. In addition to learning to love mathematics and Greek and foreign literature, Xenakis also began to discover music there.
Conversations with Iannis Xenakis
His parents were both interested in music, and it was Fotini who introduced the young Xenakis to music. Her early death, when Xenakis was five years old, was a traumatic experience that, in his own words, "deeply scarred" the future composer. Although he intended to study architecture and engineering, he also took lessons in harmony and counterpoint with Aristotelis Koundouroff. Although Greece eventually won the war, it was not long before the German army joined the Italians in the Battle of Greece , in April This led to the Axis occupation of Greece during World War II , which lasted until late , when the Allies began their drive across Europe, forcing the Axis forces to withdraw. Xenakis joined the National Liberation Front early during the war, participating in mass protests and demonstrations, and later becoming part of armed resistance—this last step was a painful experience Xenakis refused to discuss until much later in life.