Re: Assistance

Subject: Re: Assistance
From: Nikolas Valsamakis (
Date: Thu Nov 17 2005 - 04:35:07 EST

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On 17 ÎÎżÎ” 2005, at 6:29 AM, Kevin Austin wrote:

> From: Pierre Alexandre Tremblay <>
> Subject: Assistance Needed - Stockhausen and Xenakis quote in French
> Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2005 22:48:43 +0000
> Hello All !
> I have a serious problem. While doing an early research for my ph.d.
> years ago, I wrote two quotes in my scrapbook... and forgot to take
> the references!
> I know who are the authors, but I can't find in which book, and
> obviously at which page... Since most of you have great knowledge of
> these two composers, I kindly, modestly and publicly ask you if you
> have an idea where I should pursue my research, otherwise I will have
> to remove the quotes from my thesis...
> Here they are:
> As Iannis Xenakis (XX, p.XX) explains:
> ‘Si un musicien est inspirĂ© par une chose et qu’il tente de
> l’imiter,
> il y a de fortes chances que le résultat soit tout à fait
> inintĂ©ressant. Ce qui importe, c’est que cette inspiration
> génÚre en
> lui des idĂ©es qui l’amĂšneront Ă  crĂ©er quelque chose de
> différent, de
> purement musical. Imiter d’une maniĂšre rĂ©aliste ce qui relĂšve du
> monde physique, humain ou social est sans intĂ©rĂȘt. Et comme
> l’homme
> n’est pas un dieu, il peut ĂȘtre inspirĂ© : il vit dans un certain
> environnement qui l’influence.’
> As describes Karlheinz Stockhausen (XX, p.XX) :
> ‘Dans toute musique composĂ©e de maniĂšre mobile, on devrait sentir
> cette mobilité à la premiÚre audition. Dans le cas contraire, elle
> est tout simplement mal composĂ©e.’
> Thank you for your time and help.
> pa
> ps I have contacted Prof. Stockhausen directly from his web site, who
> allows me to use this quote but don't know where it is from. And I
> contacted the Xenakis Foundation that does not know where it comes
> from...

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