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IANNIS XENAKIS  

(1922 - 2001)

The Romanian-born composer Iannis Xenakis, of Greek parentage, settled finally in Paris in 1947, taking out French citizenship. After earlier scientific training in Athens, he was largely self-taught as a composer, in Paris receiving encouragement from Messiaen. There is a close connection between mathematics and music in his work and with architecture.

In addition to the theoretical writings and teaching of Xenakis, there are a varied series of compositions, from the orchestral Metastasis of 1954, Pithoprakta and Achoripsis, to the Empreintes of 1975 and the 1979 Pleades, for percussion. Other instrumental music includes works for harpsichord, amplified or, in Khoai, unamplified.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
20TH CENTURY CHORAL MUSIC BIS
BIS-CD-1090
Choral - Secular
BERIO / XENAKIS / KAGEL / CAGE: Works for Solo Trombone BIS
BIS-CD-388
Instrumental
BERIO / XENAKIS / TURNAGE: Trombone Concertos Dedicated to Christian Lindberg BIS
BIS-SACD-1638
Orchestral
Choral Concert: Norwegian Soloists' Choir - NØRGÅRD, P. / LACHENMANN, H. / JANSON, A. / SAARIAHO, K. / XENAKIS, I. (As Dreams) BIS
BIS-2139
Choral - Secular
LINDBERG, Christian: 10-Year Jubilee BIS
BIS-CD-638
Instrumental
NORGARD: I Ching / XENAKIS: Psappha / GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN: Triptykon BIS
BIS-CD-256
Instrumental
Percussion Recital: Fischer, Johannes - XENAKIS, I. / LOPEZ LOPEZ, J.M. / PINTSCHER, M. / DRUCKMAN, J. / GLOBOKAR, V. (Gravity) Oehms Classics
OC716
Instrumental
XENAKIS / CAGE / HEDSTROM / KLOS SORENSEN: Open Percussion BIS
BIS-CD-1219
Instrumental
XENAKIS / PENDERECKI / HINDEMITH / NORGARD / HALFFTER: Music for Saxophone Quartet BIS
BIS-CD-1153
Chamber Music
XENAKIS, I.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 - Ais / Tracees / Empreintes / Noomena / Roai (Luxembourg Philharmonic, Tamayo) Timpani
1C1057
Orchestral, Vocal, Orchestral
XENAKIS, I.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 - Jonchaies / Shaar / Lichens / Antikhthon (Luxembourg Philharmonic, Tamayo) Timpani
1C1158
Orchestral
XENAKIS, I.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 - Synaphai / Horos / Eridanos / Kyania (Luxembourg Philharmonic, Tamayo) Timpani
1C1131
Concertos, Orchestral
XENAKIS, I.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 4 - Erikhthon / Ata / Akrata / Krinoidi (Luxembourg Philharmonic, Tamayo) Timpani
1C1136
Concertos, Orchestral, Wind Ensemble/Band Music, Orchestral
XENAKIS, I.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 5 - Metastaseis / Pithoprakta / ST/48 / Achorripsis / Syrmos / Hiketides Suite (Luxembourg Philharmonic, Tamayo) Timpani
1C1113
Orchestral
XENAKIS, I.: Piano Works (Thomopoulos) Timpani
1C1232
Instrumental, Vocal, Instrumental
XENAKIS: DOX-ORKH / MIRA FORNES: Desde Tan Tien BIS
BIS-CD-772
Orchestral
XENAKIS: Pleiades / Psappha BIS
BIS-CD-482
Instrumental, Chamber Music




 
 
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