|Ionisation (For Percussion Ensemble) Part 1|
|Ionisation (For Percussion Ensemble) Part 2|
|4095-M||Edgar Varèse*||Ionisation (For Percussion Ensemble) (Shellac, 10")||Columbia||4095-M||US||1937|
|4095-M||Edgar Varèse*||Ionisation (For Percussion Ensemble) (Shellac, 10")||Columbia Masterworks||4095-M||US||1937|
Ionisation (1929–1931) is a musical composition by Edgard Varèse written for thirteen percussionists. It was among the first concert hall compositions for percussion ensemble alone, although Alexander Tcherepnin had composed an entire movement for percussion alone in his Symphony No. 1 from 1927. The premiere was at Carnegie Chapter Hall, an annex to New York City's Carnegie Hall, on March 6, 1933, conducted by Nicolas Slonimsky, to whom the piece was later dedicated
In 1917, Varèse boldly announced that he longed "for instruments which are obedient to my thought and whim, with their contribution of a whole new world of unsuspected sounds, which will lend themselves to the exigencies of my inner rhythm. From 1918 to 1936, Varèse abandoned tradition almost completely. Hyperprism of 1923, for example, provoked a riot at its premiere. During his quest for new sonorities and effects, which climaxed in Ionisation, Varèse incorporated new musical instruments wherever possible.
Ionisation for Percussion Ensemble of 13 Players, PDF. "The Liberation of Sound", ed. & notes Chou Wen-chung, Perspectives of New Music 5:1 (Autumn-Winter 1966), pp 11-19, PDF, HTML; repr. in Contemporary Composers on Contemporary Music, eds. Elliott Schwartz and Barney Childs, New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1967, pp 195-208, PDF; abridged repr.
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