Music as Dream: Essays on Giacinto Scelsi
Music as Dream: Essays on Giacinto Scelsi
Scarecrow Press

Music as Dream: Essays on Giacinto Scelsi

  • Publish Date: 2013-08-22
  • Binding: Hardcover

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Music as Dream: Essays on Giacinto Scelsi showcases recent scholarly criticism on the music and philosophy of the brilliantly original composer Giacinto Scelsi. In this collection, Franco Sciannameo and Alessandra Carlotta Pellegrini select and translate into English for the first time essays that reflect the evolution of recent scholarship on Scelsis musical compositions. Music as Dream opens with The Scelsi Case, which erupted shortly after Scelsis death in 1988 when composer Vieri Tosatti claimed ownership of his works. This quarrel reached its zenith in the pages of PianoTimes March 1989 issue, where musicologist Guido Zaccagnini questioned a group of noted composers, writers, and arts managers about whether a composer can claim sole authorship for a work accomplished in collaboration with others.

The essays are wide-ranging in scope. French musicologist Michelle Biget-Mainfroy, a specialist in gestural piano writing, offers an in-depth study of Scelsis complex piano output; Gianmario Borio looks at Scelsis Sound as Compositional Process; Alessandra Montali examines and details Scelsis theoretical and literary writings; Luciano Martinis and Franco Sciannameo explore the lives and whereabouts of obscure composers Giacinto Sallustio, Walther Klein, and Richard Falk, who were Scelsis collaborators until the early 1940s when Tosatti took sole charge; Alessandra Carlotta Pellegrini elaborates on Scelsis most important composition of his first period, presenting a
tour-de-force that pieces together its complex story through research at the newly organized Scelsi Archive at the Fondazione Isabella Scelsi in Rome; and Friedrich Jaeckers and Sandro Marrocus essays also draw on research conducted at the archive of Fondazione. Finally, an updated bibliography and discography conclude the book

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