Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Song of the Week: Gerard Grisey's 'Partiels'

Gerard Grisey was a French contemporary composer of spectral music. The song I chose for this week (and the dozens before when I didn't put anything on here) is one of his from a series of six; the series being "Les Espaces Acoustiques" and the piece being "Partiels" (1975).

The basic idea of the piece is that it spectrally analyzes the attack of a low 'E' on a trombone, and then has other instruments in the orchestra synthesize the individual waves and overtones. It's a remarkable piece, hugely complicated and awesome. Listen here: