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Giacinto Scelsi: Music across the Borders

F. Celestini (ed.)
448 p., 3 b/w ill. + 30 musical examples, 220 x 280 mm, 2019
ISBN: 978-2-503-58644-1
Languages: English, French, German
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This volume proposes new approaches to Scelsi's musical works.

The work of the Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988) brings a special urgency to the main questions of musical thought. These questions concern subjectivity in composition and music making; the relationship between sound, structure, and form; the relationship between improvisation and composition; and the role of musical writing in terms of composition and performance. This is undoubtedly also the product of his complex working method, in which improvisation, composition, musical writing, and performance follow one another, each imposing their own, often divergent, mark on the end result. The opening of the Isabella Scelsi Foundation archive in Rome in 2009 highlighted the significance of the composer while facilitating new research perspectives on his work. Now is the right time for a larger publication to document and propagate recent results and new approaches.

Federico Celestini is Professor for Musicology and Head of the Music Department at the University of Innsbruck. He is a corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and President of the Austrian Society of Musicology. His publications include books on Haydn’s Piano Sonatas, on Viennese Modernism and on Nietzsche’s music philosophy. Celestini is Co-Editor of Acta Musicologica

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Fine Arts & Performing Arts

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