(musThe 212) Assignment: Texture, Ionisation

Due Wednesday, April 18th.

Using the YouTube video embedded below, listen to Varese’s Ionisation.

  • Identify four (4) thematic elements (rhythmic cells) by the time on the video that they occur, and what instrument(s) is playing the element.
  • Musically notate the rhythms for three (3) of the elements.
  • Write a textural analysis, similar to what we did in class with Ligeti’s Atomospheres, listing changes in texture/instrumentation/gesture type by time.

Note, pay attention to the video editing. It will help you recognize thematic elements.

Pierre Boulez conducting the Ensemble Intercomporain:


Leave a Reply