Sunday, 5 March 2006

Xenakis

The Ancient Monuments Society Newsletter has just arrived; not the most obvious of music-related things. But one of the things they note is the arrival of a new biography of Xenakis, but Nouritza Matossian(from www.centralbooks.co.uk). Xenakis trained as an engineer and worked with Le Courbusier; the mathematics he used on Le Corbusier's Le Tourette fed into Xenakis's first orchestral work Metastaseis. It would be rather fun to try and link up performances of Xenakis's music with Le Corbusier buildings. A fascinatingly different take on gesamkunstwerk.

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