Iannis Xenakis: Kraanerg: 1st Edition (Pack - Book and CD) book cover

Iannis Xenakis: Kraanerg

1st Edition

By James Harley


154 pages

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pub: 2015-08-28
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Kraanerg by Iannis Xenakis is one of the most important works of the post-1950 era. James Harley, a leading Xenakis scholar, presents the genesis of Kraanerg, from the granting of the commission to the choreographer, to the selection of Xenakis as composer, to the premiere, recording, and subsequent presentations. The book is written with the benefit of access to sketches and recordings in the Xenakis Archives, allowing Harley to delve into the details of how this particular work came about. An overview of Xenakis's life is provided, looking at his major works and important compositional techniques and accomplishments, as well as looking at the presenters of the work and other principles in the performance history. Harley presents analytical and critical discussions of Kraanerg's music and reception, including the relationship of the score to the recorded parts. James Harley is a composer with first-hand experience of the interlocking fields of acoustic and electronic music that Xenakis made his own. The book is accompanied by a CD, which helps to conceptualize the extremely complex score.


’James Harley's detailed account of one of Xenakis's most substantial compositions is an exemplary piece of scholarly reconstruction. With ample material on the work's biographical and technical background, and a thorough survey of its performance history and critical reception, a vivid picture emerges of those mid-twentieth-century years in which pioneering and uncompromising avant-garde enterprises like Xenakis's achieved a rare and relatively brief artistic momentum.’ Arnold Whittall, King’s College London, UK

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Biography; Musical background to Kraanerg; The Kraanerg project; Kraanerg analysis; Reception; Performance history; Epilogue; Bibliography; CD track list; Index.

About the Author

James Harley is a Canadian composer. He obtained his doctorate at McGill University in 1994, after spending six years (1982-88) composing and studying in Europe (London, Paris, Warsaw). As a researcher, Harley has written extensively on contemporary music. His book Xenakis: His Life in Music was published in 2004.

About the Series

Landmarks in Music Since 1950

Landmarks in Music Since 1950
Schoenberg's death in 1951 marked the end of an era which has been dominated by some of the most radical artistic re-thinking and innovation since the Renaissance. The second half of the century saw a new generation of composers, schooled at Darmstadt, Cologne, Paris, Cracow, Manchester and elsewhere, which began to make its mark on the development of European and world music. The revolutionary pulpit of Schoenberg had become the play-pen of Boulez and Stockhausen. This series of handbooks devoted to single seminal compositions or groups of works by important composers who have been active since 1950 fills a major gap in current music literature. Well-informed, focused commentaries that are more detailed than record notes, give readers an enhanced understanding and appreciation of some of the most significant musical achievements of the last half-century. Each handbook features: · A general introduction to the choice of work under discussion · Details of the commission and composition history · Contextual discussion of stylistic, generic and international influences and precedents · A description and analysis of the work · A survey of its reception · A bibliography and discography · CD recording

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / Ethnomusicology
MUSIC / History & Criticism