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Articles - 1954 ... 1963

Annotated bibliography produced by Makis Solomos

All of Xenakis's published articles are listed and commented here.
Translations are mentioned only if they were published before the original (French) or if they vary from the original version. For commentaries on articles that were compiled in Xenakis's books, cf. the preceding section, under Books

Undated

« Xénophilie », in Lettres de vie, Nathan/UNESCO, s.d., p. 102.

Sans titre, in pochette du disque Japon. Musique millénaire, Biwa et Shakuhashi. Kinshi Tsuruta et Katsuya Yokoyama, Le Chant du Monde, G.U. LDX. 74473, s.d. (ca 1973).

Some handwritten lines on the singer (and biwa player) Kinshi Tsuruta

1954

« METASTASSIS-Analyse » (1954), édition critique d'Anne-Sylvie Barthel-Calvet, Revue de Musicologie tome 89 n°1, 2003, p. 162-187.

Very detailed analysis of the work. A very important document. Xenakis my addresses. 104-150, of my. 150-174, the "serial diastematic" (mm. 174-202) of my. 202-310, of my. 310-317 and 317-end and concludes with the section "Time-the durations"

1955

(Untitled), in Charles Edouard Le Corbusier, Modulor 2, Paris, éd. de l'architecture d'aujourd'hui, 1983, p. 341-344 (1st edition: 1955).

Short analysis of Metastaseis.

"La crise de la musique sérielle", Gravesaner Blätter n°1, 1955, p. 2-4.

Reprinted in Kéleütha, p. 39-43.

"Les Metastassis", program notes from Donaueschingen Musiktage, 16-18/10/1955 (reprinted in Max Rieple, Musik in Donaueschingen, Konstanz, 1959, p. 83).

Short program note.

« Οι σημ ερινες τασεις της γαλλικης μουσικης » [Current tendencies of French music], Επιθεώρηση τέχνης [Art Review] n°6, Athènes, 1955, p. 466-470.

Reprinted in Κείμενα περί μουσικής και αρχιτεκτονικής, [Texts on music and architecture] p. 31-40.

« Προβληματα ελληνικης μουσικης συνθεσης » (Problems in Greek musical composition), Epitheorisi technis n°9, Athènes, 1955, p. 185-189.

Reprinted in Κείμενα περί μουσικήσ και αρχιτεκτονικήσ, p. 41-52. French translation in Présence de Iannis Xenakis, Paris, CDMC, 2001, p. 11-14.

1956

"Brief an Hermann Scherchen", Gravesaner Blätter n°6, 1956, p. 35-36.

The original French was later published in Kéleütha, p. 44-45.

"Brief an Karl Amadeus Hartmann ", in Karl Amadeus Hartmann und die Musica Viva, Mainz, 1980, p. 337.

Letter 1956.

"Wahrscheinlichkeitstheorie und Musik", Gravesaner Blätter n°6, 1956, p. 28-34.

The original French later appeared in: 1) Musique. Architecture, p. 9-15; 2) Kéleütha, p. 46-53. In addition, this text was used in Xenakis’s elaboration of Musiques formelles, p. 26-33.

1957

"Der Modulor / The Modulor", Gravesaner Blätter n°9, 1957, p. 2-3/3-5.

Xenakis explains the Golden Rule model of proportions used by Le Corbusier.

"Le Corbusiers Elektronisches Gedicht / Le Corbusier's Electronic Poem —the Philips Pavilion", Gravesaner Blätter n°9, 1957, p. 43-50/51-54.

A rather succinct analysis of the famous Pavilion. Later partially reprinted in Musique. Architecture, p. 123-142.

"Le couvent d'études de la Tourette. Oeuvre de Le Corbusier", Art chrétien n°6, 1957, p. 40-42.

A few words on this important architectural realization by Xenakis (and Le Corbusier).

1958

"Auf der Suche einer Stochastischen Musik / In search of a Stochastic Music", Gravesaner Blätter n°11-12, 1958, p. 98-111/112-122.

The original French later appeared in Musiques formelles, p. 36-51.

"Genèse de l'architecture du Pavillon", Revue Technique Philips vol.20 n°1, 1958-59, p. 1-11 = "L'architecture du Pavillon", in Charles Edouard Le Corbusier, Le poème électronique, Paris, Minuit, 1958, 9 p.

Detailed text where Xenakis explains his role in the conception of the famous Philips Pavilion. Partially reprinted in Musique. Architecture, p. 123-142.

"Les trois paraboles" (in Swedish), Nutida Musik n°4, 1958.

The original French later appeared in Musique. Architecture, p. 16-19.

"The architectural design of Le Corbusier and Xenakis", Philips Technical Review vol.20 n°1, 1958-59, p. 2-8.

Close, although somewhat different than the articles published the same year : "Genèse de l'architecture du Pavillon Philips" = "L'architecture du Pavillon".

"The Philips Pavilion and The Electronic Poem", Arts and Architecture n°11, 1958, p. 24.

A few words of the famous Pavilion.

1960-61

"Grundlagen einer stochastischen Musik / Elements of Stochastic Music", Gravesaner Blätter in four parts: 1) n°18, 1960, p. 61-83/84-105 ; 2) n°19-20, 1960, p. 128-139/140-150 ; 3) n°21, 1961, p. 102-111/113-121 ; 4) n°22, 1961, p. 131-143/144-145.

The original French was published in Musiques formelles, p. 61-107.

1961

"La musique stochastique : éléments sur les procédés probabilistes de composition musicale", Revue d'Esthétique vol.14 n°4-5, 1961, p. 294-318.

Was reprinted with further development in Musiques formelles, p. 15-36, 52-53, 61, 137-139 and 211-212.

"Scherchen", in Encyclopédie de la musique, Paris, Fasquelle, vol.3, 1961, p. 653.

A few lines on "the greatest maieutic of contemporary music".

"Stochastic music", in Music-East and West. Report on 1961 Tokyo East-West Music Encounter Conference, Tokyo, Executive Committee for Tokyo East-West Music Encounter 1961, p. 134-140.

Quotes and recombines parts of the1954 article "La crise de la musique sérielle" as well as parts of chapter 1 and 3 Musiques formelles. Can also been seen as an abridged version of the article "La musique stochastique : éléments sur les procédés probabilistes de composition musicale" (1961).

"The riddle of Japan", in This is Japan n°9, 1961, p. 66-69.

Impressions of Japan, which Xenakis visited for the first time during this period (1961).

"Vitruve", in Encyclopédie de la musique, Paris, Fasquelle, vol.3, 1961, p. 873-874.

A few lines on the Roman architect who was also interested in music.

1962

"Debussy a sformalizowanie muzyki" ("Debussy and formalized music"), Ruch Muzyczny n°16, 1962, p. 7.

One page on Debussy.

"Eléments sur les procédés probabilistes (stochastiques) de composition musicale", in Claude Samuel, Panorama de l'art musical contemporain, Paris, Gallimard, 1962, p. 416-425.

Reprinted in Kéleütha, p. 54-66. An abridged version of the article "La musique stochastique : éléments sur les procédés probabilistes de composition musicale" (1961).

"Problemy mojej techniki kompozytorskiej" ("Problems with my compositional technique"), Horyzonty Musyki n°1, 1962, p. 27,1-27,8.

A conference given at the Warsaw Radio in 1962. The original French, "Trois pôles de condensation", is reprinted (minus an introductory page) in Musique. Architecture, p. 26-37.

"Stochastische Musik/ Stochastic Music", Gravesaner Blätter n°23-24, 1962, p. 156-168/169-184.

Represents more or less the German and English translation of "La musique stochastique : éléments sur les procédés probabilistes de composition musicale" (1961).

"Wer ist Iannis Xenakis/Who is Iannis Xenakis", Gravesaner Blätter n°23-24, 1962, p. 185/185-186.

Xenakis expresses his gratitude to Scherchen as a conductor.

1963

"Bulletin de souscription: Musiques formelles par Iannis Xenakis", La Revue Musicale, 1963, p. 1.

A few introductory words on Musiques formelles.

"Schaeffer", in Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, Basel, Bärenreiter Kassel, vol.11, 1963, p. 1535.

A short notice on the inventor of musique concrète.

 
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