Giacinto Scelsi

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Giacinto Scelsi (Italian pronunciation: [dʒaˈtʃinto ˈʃɛlsi]; 8 January 1905 – 9 August 1988) was an Italian composer who also wrote surrealist poetry in French.

He is best known for writing music based around only one pitch, altered in all manners through microtonal oscillations, harmonic allusions, and changes in timbre and dynamics, as paradigmatically exemplified in his revolutionary Quattro Pezzi su una nota sola ("Four Pieces on a single note", 1959). This composition remains his most famous work and one of the few performed to significant recognition during his lifetime. His musical output, which encompassed all Western classical genres except scenic music, remained largely undiscovered even within contemporary musical circles during most of his life. Today, some of his music has gained popularity in certain postmodern composition circles, with pieces like his "Anahit" and his String Quartets rising to increased prominence.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Aion / Pfhat / Konx-Om-Pax (Orchestre et Chœur de la Radio-Télévision Polonaise de Cracovie feat. conductor: Jürg Wyttenbach) Giacinto Scelsi 1
1989 Quattro pezzi per orchestra / Anahit / Uaxuctum (Orchestre et Chœur de la Radio-Télévision Polonaise de Cracovie feat. conductor: Jürg Wyttenbach) Giacinto Scelsi 1
1990 Hurqualia / Hymnos / Chukrum (Orchestre de la Radio-Télévision de Cracovie feat. conductor: Jürg Wyttenbach) Giacinto Scelsi 1
1990 Quattro illustrazioni / Xnoybis / Cinque incantesimi / Duo pour violon et violoncelle (piano: S. Fournier, violon: C. Fournier, violoncelle: D. Simpson) Giacinto Scelsi 1
1992 Mozart / Scelsi / Pärt / Bärtschi / Busoni Mozart, Scelsi, Pärt, Bärtschi, Busoni; Werner Bärtschi 1
1995 Annum per annum Cage, Pärt, Scelsi; Christoph Maria Moosmann 1
1998 Chamber Works for Flute and Piano Giacinto Scelsi 1
2001 Natura Renovatur (Klangforum Wien Orchestra feat. conductor: Hans Zender) Giacinto Scelsi 1
2001 Natura renovatur (Klangforum Wien, feat. conductor: Hans Zender) Giacinto Scelsi 1
2002 Giacinto Scelsi Giacinto Scelsi 1
2006 The Piano Works 3 Giacinto Scelsi; Aki Takahashi 1
2006 Natura Renovatur Giacinto Scelsi; Frances-Marie Uitti, Münchener Kammerorchester, Christoph Poppen 1
2009 Preludi, Serie I-IV (Alessandra Ammara) Giacinto Scelsi 1
2011 Vita Monteverdi, Scelsi; Sonia Wieder-Atherton 1
2015 Scelsi: Suite 9 & 10 per pianoforte Sabine Liebner, Giacinto Scelsi 1
Les cinq Quatuors Cordes, Trio Cordes, Khoom (Arditti String Quartet) Giacinto Scelsi 1
Music for Wind Instruments and Percussion Giacinto Scelsi 1
The Piano Works 1 (piano: Louise Bessette) Giacinto Scelsi 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 The Orchestral Works 2 Giacinto Scelsi; Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Concentus Vocalis, Wiener Kammerchor, Peter Rundel, Johannes Kalitzke 1
2008 Collection Vol. 4 Giacinto Scelsi 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Action music Giacinto Scelsi 1
Hurqualia / Hymnos / Chukrum Giacinto Scelsi 1

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