Giacinto Scelsi

The composer and author was born in La Spezia (Italy). He took composition classes in Rome, Geneva and Vienna, where he studied with one of Arnold Schoenberg's disciples; after some years of travelling, he decided in 1952 to settle down in Rome. In his early works, Scelsi followed the imperatives of neo-classicism, whereas later he turned to twelve-tone music and the oeuvre of Alexander Skriabin.
However, his most important compositions are those written in and after the 1950s at the end of a severe psychological crisis. In these pieces, he developed a very individual concept of musical expression essentially influenced by his studies of oriental philosophies. Rhythm and interrelations between individual tones retreated to the background whereas his creative energy concentrated entirely on the universe of tone and sound. In 1988, Giacinto Scelsi died in Rome.

Year / Artwork Title Importance Medium
1959 Quattro Pezzi su una nota sola 3.50 stars 2CD
Concerto for Flute Comments:
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester cond. Hans Zender
1972 Pranam I 4.00 stars CD
Concerto for Flute Comments:
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester cond. Hans Zender
Compilation Natura Renovatur 4.00 stars CD
- Ohoi For 16 Strings (1966) - I Principi Creativi

- Ave Maria For Violoncello Solo (1970) - From: Three Latin Prayers For Solo Voice

- Anâgâmin For 11 Strings (1965) - Colui Che Scelse Di Ritornare O No  

- Ygghur For Violoncello Solo (1961) - From: Trilogy - The Three Ages Of Man (1956-65)

- Natura Renovatur For 11 Strings (1967)  

- Alleluja For Violoncello Solo (1970) - From: Three Latin Prayers For Solo Voice

Muenchener Kammerorchester cond. Christoph Poppen