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Xenakis, Iannis (<i>died</i> 2001), composer

Peter Hoffmann

in Grove Music Online

Volume Grove Music Online, issue Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630

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(b Braïla, ?29 May 1922; d Paris, 4 Feb 2001). French composer of Greek parentage. He belonged to the pioneering generation of composers who revolutionized 20th-century music after World War II. With the ardour of an outsider to academic musical life, he was one of the first to replace traditional musical thinking with radical new concepts of sound composition. His musical language had a strong influence on many younger

Keywords: Early life; Architecture; Musical research; Works overview; Early works; ‘Metastaseis’; Macroscopic stochastic music; ‘Symbolic music’; Ancient theatre and Polytopes; Microscopic stochastic music; ‘Morphological’ compositions; Globally tempered sieves and cellular automata; Electro-acoustic works

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Subjects: Music

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