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Iannis Xenakis (Greek: Γιάννης (Ιάννης) Ξενάκης [ˈʝanis kseˈnacis]; 29 May 1922 – 4 February 2001) was a Greek-French composer, music theorist, architect, and engineer. After 1947, he fled Greece, becoming a naturalized citizen of France. He is considered an important post-World War II composer whose works helped revolutionize 20th century classical music.

Xenakis pioneered the use of mathematical models in music such as applications of set theory, stochastic processes and game theory and was also an important influence on the development of electronic and computer music. He integrated music with architecture, designing music for pre-existing spaces, and designing spaces to be integrated with specific music compositions and performances.

Among his most important works are Metastaseis (1953–54) for orchestra, which introduced independent parts for every musician of the orchestra; percussion works such as Psappha (1975) and Pléïades (1979); compositions that introduced spatialization by dispersing musicians among the audience, such as Terretektorh (1966); electronic works created using Xenakis's UPIC system; and the massive multimedia performances Xenakis called polytopes. Among the numerous theoretical writings he authored, the book Formalized Music: Thought and Mathematics in Composition (French edition 1963, English translation 1971) is regarded as one of his most important. As an architect, Xenakis is primarily known for his early work under Le Corbusier: the Sainte Marie de La Tourette, on which the two architects collaborated, and the Philips Pavilion at Expo 58, which Xenakis designed by himself.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1965 Metastasis / Pithoprakta / Eonta Iannis Xenakis 4 2
1969 Syrmos / Polytope / Medea Iannis Xenakis; Ensemble Ars Nova, Marius Constant 2
1976 Xenakis: Evryall / Herma / Messiaen: Quatre études de rythme Iannis Xenakis, Olivier Messiaen; Yuji Takahashi 2
1984 Messiaen: Cinq Rechants / Xenakis: Nuits Olivier Messiaen, Iannis Xenakis; Groupe Vocal de France, Michel Tranchant 2
1987 Pléïades Iannis Xenakis; Les Percussions de Strasbourg 2
1987 The Fantastic Harpsichord Xenakis, Corrette, Soler, Tiensuu, Saariaho, Sciarrino; Jukka Tiensuu 1
1989 Kraanerg Iannis Xenakis; Alpha Centauri Ensemble, Roger Woodward 1
1989 Xenakis: Pléiades / Ishii: Concertante Iannis Xenakis, Maki Ishii; Les Percussions de Strasbourg, Keiko Abe 1
1990 Oresteïa Iannis Xenakis 2
1990 Palimpsest / Épéi / Dikhthas / Akanthos Iannis Xenakis 1
1992 Phlegra / Jalons / Keren / Nomos Alpha / Thalleïn Iannis Xenakis; Ensemble intercontemporain, Pierre Boulez, Michel Tabachnik 1
1992 Idmen / Pléïades Iannis Xenakis; Les Pléïades, Chœur Gulbenkian, Sylvio Gualda 1
1994 Aïs / Gendy 3 / Taurhiphanie / Thalleïn Iannis Xenakis 1
1997 Kraanerg Iannis Xenakis; ST-X Ensemble 1
1997 Electronic Music Iannis Xenakis 2
1999 Works for Piano Xenakis 2
2000 Psappha / Okho / Perséphassa Iannis Xenakis; Demoé Percussion Ensemble, Daniele Vineis 1
2000 Orchestral Works & Chamber Music Xenakis 1
2000 Orchestral Works, Vol. I Iannis Xenakis; Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Arturo Tamayo, Spyros Sakkas, Béatrice Daudin 1
2000 Persepolis Xenakis 1
2001 La Légende d'Eer Iannis Xenakis 1
2001 Orchestral Works Vol. II Iannis Xenakis; Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Arturo Tamayo 1
2002 Persepolis + Remixes, Edition 1 Iannis Xenakis 1
2002 Orchestral Works Vol. III Iannis Xenakis; Hiroaki Ooï, Orchestre philharmonique du Luxembourg, Arturo Tamayo 3
2003 Iannis Xenakis Iannis Xenakis 1
2003 Kraanerg Iannis Xenakis 1
2004 Orchestral Works Vol. IV Iannis Xenakis; Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Arturo Tamayo, Hiroaki Ooï 1
2005 Electronic Works I: La Légende d'Eer Iannis Xenakis 1
2005 Music for Strings Iannis Xenakis; Ensemble Resonanz, Johannes Kalitzke 1
2006 Percussion Works Iannis Xenakis 1
2006 Ensemble Music 2 Iannis Xenakis; ST-X Ensemble, Charles Zachary Bornstein 1
2006 Orchestral Works Vol. 5 Iannis Xenakis; Orchestre philharmonique du Luxembourg, Arturo Tamayo 2
2008 Music for Keyboard Instruments Realised by Computer Iannis Xenakis; Daniel Grossmann 1
2008 Kraanerg Iannis Xenakis; Callithumpian Consort, Stephen Drury 1
2009 Complete String Quartets Iannis Xenakis; JACK Quartet 1
2009 Phantasy of Spring Feldman, Zimmermann, Schönberg, Xenakis; Carolin Widmann, Simon Lepper 1
2010 Works With Piano Iannis Xenakis; Aki Takahashi 1
2012 Ligeti / Pintscher / Cage / Xenakis Ligeti, Pintscher, Cage, Xenakis; JACK Quartet 1
2013 Synaphaï Iannis Xenakis 1
2015 Xenakis IX Iannis Xenakis; Kuniko 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 Xenakis: Orient-Occident / Berio: Momenti / Omaggio a Joyce / Maderna: Continuo / Kagel: Transition 1 Xenakis, Berio, Maderna, Kagel 1
1990 Perspectives of New Music Ferneyhough, Xenakis, Truax, Schottstaedt 1
1994 Chamber Music 1955-1990 Iannis Xenakis; Claude Helffer, Arditti Quartet 2
2007 Phlegra / Jalons / Keren / Nomos Alpha / Thalleïn / Naama / À l'île de Gorée / Khoaï / Komboï Iannis Xenakis 1
2010 Atrées / Morsima-Amorsima / Nomos Alpha / ST/4 / Akrata Iannis Xenakis 1
2011 Alpha & Omega Iannis Xenakis 1
2015 GRM Works 1957-1962 Iannis Xenakis 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Rebonds and other Works for Percussion Xenakis; Peter Sadlo 1
2001 Musique Electro-Acoustique Iannis Xenakis 1

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