Michiko Hirayama

28.09.2003 / 20:00 h
Villa Elisabeth

20 Years Freunde Guter Musik Berlin

Canti del Capricorno by Giacinto Scelsi (1915-1982) – voice solo

Michiko Hirayama (Rome), now 80 years old, is the master singer to whom Giacinto Scelsi dedicated his works, and was his muse for many years. And thus, she is the designated and authentic interpreter of Scelsi’s magnificent cycle for solo voice under the sign of Capricorn. Hirayama, who had also studied traditional Japanese singing, came to Rome in the ’60s and soon stood at the center of that city’s musical avant-garde. Over 100 works were dedicated to her and her extraordinary voice. Giacinto Scelsi (1915–1982) was a loner among the composers of the modern era, and gained worldwide recognition only in the ’80s. His work is based on the single tone, which can be continually transformed, extended and chromatically altered. Scelsi saw himself less as a creator than as the medium for a musical cosmos from which sounds and progressions were to be chosen. The “Songs of Capricorn” were created between 1962 and 1972. They do not contain texts set to music; rather, the cycle is composed of phonemes that color the tones that are sung.

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