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#499367 - 10/10/05 05:21 AM Xenakis' 'Eonta'
Kieran Offline
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Registered: 07/20/05
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Hi guys

Last night I went to see a concert by the London Sinfionetta at the Festival Hall which was part of a retrospective weekend devoted to the Greek composer Iannis Xenakis. The final piece they played was called 'Eonta', which was for five brass instruments and piano. The pianist was Michael Hodges and the piano part was (for me, at my very amateurish level) almost impossible to understand. Much of Xenakis' music is difficult to listen to anyway, you kind of need to forget about what is going on in the sense of any 'process' and allow yourself to get lost in the sounds... I think I need to try and find a copy of the piano score to this piece just to see it - it basically sounded like a million fast and random notes, almost as if the pianist was hitting the keys indiscriminately, but it was clear that every single note was meant.

Does anyone else have any experience or opinion of this piece?


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#499368 - 10/10/05 02:12 PM Re: Xenakis' 'Eonta'
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Eonta is one of my favorite chamber pieces, although I will never play it. I, nor anyone I know, has the facility to play the piano part. The brass parts by comparison are a piece of cake.

I've never heard it live, only a recording by Yuji Takahashi. I've seen the score for Eonta, and it's as visually stunning as it is aurally, as is much of Xenakis' music.

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