PRELUDE TO COLUMBUS / BABBLE / HORIZONS (REISSUE)
“PRELUDE TO COLUMBUS”
In 1/4, 1/8 and 1/16 tone instrumental ensemble and soprano.
Soloist: ANNIK SIMON
It is the first work written in the new system created by the composer. Dedicated to the great navigator who discovered America, it seeks to describe the impressions of fear, amazement and content joy that are experienced when unveiling the mystery of a new universe.
A sixteenth tone harp, a quarter flute and a string quartet create the sound atmosphere in which the voice unfolds in delicate arabesques written in quarter tones.
The work premiered on February 15, 1925 in Mexico, in the first concert in the world, with this new music and during which the enormous emotional possibilities of the sixteenth tone harp were discovered.
Months later, several works by Julián Carrillo were performed in New York and Philadelphia, under the direction of Leopoldo Stokowski, with enormous success, among others a Concertino for a small instrumental ensemble with symphonic orchestra accompaniment.
The Prelude to Columbus, was conducted personally by the author, in the new UNESCO room in Paris, in 1958, before an enthusiastic audience.
For sixteenth tone piano and chamber orchestra.
Soloist: BERNARD DE FLAVIGNY and the LAMOUREUX Concert Association Orchestra.
No other name could express better than “Balbuceos'”, the initial attempt, the first adventure of a composer, who tries to penetrate the unknown world of the sixteenth tone.
This work was written at the request of Leopoldo Stokowski, for a Contemporary Music Festival held in Houston, United States of America, where it was premiered on March 18, 1960, by the composer’s daughter Dolores Carrillo, pianist, under the direction of that famous orchestra director.
Symphonic poem for violin, violoncello and harp in 1/16 tone with orchestral accompaniment.
The soloists: GABRIELLE DEVRIES, REINE FLACHOT, MONIQUE ROLLIN and the LAMOUREUX Concert Association Orchestra.
Once again, at the request of Leopold Stokowski, this work was written. The eminent conductor conducted it in 1951-1952 in Pittsburgh, Washington, Minneapolis and Baltimore, and was so successful that it had to be repeated at the request of the public.
It is like a meditation for three solo instruments, violin and violoncello, which play quarter and eighth tones and the harp of sixteenths, surrounded by the sound atmosphere created by the orchestra.
In it, the composer tries to evoke the contemplation of a new musical horizon, blurred by the mysterious mist of unknown facts and that developed over time…
The whole work wraps the listener in this impression of mystery and ends in a highly spiritual climate, in which the harmonics used insistently are like a symbol. “This music leads to ecstasy,” said an eminence upon hearing it.
At the express wish of Julián Carrillo, Jean Etienne Marie, Director of sound research at “Radioffusion Télévision Francaise”, was in charge of supervising the technical production of these recordings, with the collaboration of first-class soloists from the Lamoureux Orchestra. and the Philips Company.
J. E. Marie, is an avant-garde composer, a disciple of Olivier Messian and Darius Milhaud, and he has just confirmed his prestige by directing Igor Markewitch a composition of his: “Images Thamaiqyes for magnetic tape and orchestra, whose triumph had a great resonance .
PRELUDE TO COLUMBUS
The French pianist Nelly Carón said: “Yesterday I had the emotion of hearing your work that truly evokes the outer spaces, and that awakens planes in us usually in lethargy; it is a true “Song of Heaven”. Allow me, teacher, to simply say THANK YOU for the beauty you have brought us”.
“Interesting and DIFFERENT was the work Balbuceos by Julián Carrillo, written especially for a sixteenth tone piano. Composer Julián Carrillo, 83 years old and with beautiful white hair, sat by the piano, while his daughter Dolores played those sounds almost mermaid, which are more important, for REPRESENTING THE BREAKDOWN OF THE TONAL BARRIER than as a mere musical composition, since it was a TRUE DISINTEGRATION OF THE TONE, AS THE ATOM DISINTEGRATED”.
Ann Homes “The Houston Chronicle'”.
Stokowski and the Symphony, applauded for their wonderful performance at the premiere.
Horizons proved to be the most challenging work a concert audience has ever heard, and Stokowski deserves the highest praise for presenting it.
The effect it produces is one of RARE BEAUTY; sometimes you hear the whisper of the wind; others, it would be a complaint, and at times, remember the slight rise and fall of a sound when the wheels slide on the snow.
It is new and interesting music and we must recognize Mr. Carrillo’s tremendous originality and energy to experiment and create in a powerful way, full of intelligence and above all, IT IS MUSIC.
Despite his 76 years, Mr. Carrillo’s genius reflects THE SPIRIT AND AUDACITY OF YOUTH. May God grant him many more years of life to carry out his noble commitment for the good of the art that he professes.
Stokowski before the ovation asked the public if they wanted to hear the work one more time, the applause indicated the affirmative and Horizontes was played for the second time.
Ralph Lewando. “Pittsburgh Press”.
Stokowski, the acclaimed idealist at the premiere of “Horizontes, symphonic poem by Julián Carrillo A SURPRISING COMPOSITION THAT WILL SURELY FEED THE HARMONIC IDEAS OF COMPOSERS FOR MANY CENTURIES TO COME.
Contrary to Schonberg, whose themes are developed within classical molds, Carrillo has let himself be carried away by some atavistic atom of his Mexican ancestors and has created a symphonic poem that could well be called “Maya” or “Aztec Night.”
Fred Lissfelt. pittsburgh
“Under Stokowski’s direction, the challenging composition “Horizontes”, by Julián Carrillo, was premiered in Pittsburgh, and as its title indicates, it reflects a tranquility of soul and awakens deep and poetic impressions in the imagination. Its beauty is strange, moving and original.
The Coda leads to RAPTURE and will leave an unforgettable impression that gently seems to fade into infinity. The author was at the premiere, and received a tremendous ovation amid delirious enthusiasm.
Frederick Dorian. Director of the Orchestra of the “Carnegie Institute”, Pittsburgh.
The recordings were made by PHILIPS.
in Paris France.
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PRELUDE TO COLUMBUS / BABBLING / HORIZONS
PRELUDE TO COLUMBUS / STUBBLE
- A1 PRELUDE TO COLON Solo soprano in quarter tones and various instruments in fourth, eighth, and sixteenth tones / 09:42
Soloist: Annik Simon
Address: From the author
- A2 BALBUCEOS for piano Metomorfoseador “CARRILLO” sixteenths of tone / 11:57
Soloist: Bernard De Flavigny and the LAMOUREUX Concert Association Orchestra
Address: From the author
- B1 HORIZONS Symphonic poem for violin, violoncello and sixteenth tone harp with orchestral accompaniment / 18:42
The soloists: Gabrielle Devries, Reine Flachot, Monique Rollin and The Lamoureux Concert Association Orchestra
Address: From the author
From the Paris Opera
- Annik Simon, after having finished her piano and composition studies, studied at the Conservatory in Georges Jouatte’s singing classes.
She was the first French singer to win the Geneva International Prize, performing in German the Scene and Aria from Zerbinetta from the Opera “Ariane á Naxos” by Richard Strauss. Since then in the course of her artistic career in Europe, she has sung in Italy: in Rome, Venice, Florence and Palermo; and also in Germany, England, Holland and Switzerland.
She participated in the Ravel Festival performances at the Paris Grand Opera; he has been a soloist with R. T. F. and has sung numerous operas both in Paris and in various French cities.
Although his specialty is Mozart operas and classical French plays, she is keenly interested in the most modern expressions of music.
Bernard DE FLAVIGNY
- Bernard de Flavigny, received at the age of fifteen the First Prize of the Conservatory: Paris thorium. He completed his musical studies in composition, studying harmony with Olivier Messiaen and Fugue with Mme. Honneger.
In 1948, he won the First Prize at the Prague International Competitions and is considered one of the first pianists of his generation. Bernard Flavigny, as a soloist, has toured Europe, the Far East and America.
- She received the grand prize of the Accademia Charles Cros Record, Paris, for her recording of Albert Roussel’s second sonata and Igor Strawinsky’s Duo Concertante.
This artist devotes all her talent to contemporary music and it was she who recorded Bela Bartok’s Sonata for the first time in France, which caused a sensation.
In Bern, Switzerland, she played the Paul Hindemith Concerto, under the direction of the great German master himself, obtaining a resounding triumph.
Whether he plays works of great virtuosity, such as Serge Prokofief’s brilliant concerto, or the beauty of his sound, he vibrates and sings intensely as in Alban Bery’s “Concert to the Memory of an Angel”, which is always admirable in her it is the perfection of her style, the beauty of her bow stroke and her impeccable musicality, all of them very rare qualities that make Gabrielle DeVries one of the most outstanding violinists of the contemporary French School.
- She was born in the Argentine Republic of French parents. She began her musical studies in Paris at the age of eleven; and three later, she won the Conservatory First Prize, placing first out of twenty-seven competitors. In the year l954, she won the Piatigorsky Prize by unanimous vote of the jury.
She has since played in numerous concerts. She in France she with the “Concerts Colonne” under the direction of Kachaturian; with the “Orchestre National”, under Darius Milhaud; with the “Orchester Philarmonique de la R. T. F”, under the batons of Eugene Bigot, Manuel Rosenthal, Jean Martinon, Pierre Dervaux. Abroad she has been heard in recitals and as a soloist with the orchestras of Berlin, Vienna, London, Amsterdam, Geneva, Brussels, Lisbon, etc. where she has always obtained the highest praise from the press and that can be summed up in the trial. of the Austrian critic who perfectly defines her musical personality: “Reine Flachot, is the personification of the modern virtuoso, dazzling with objectivity and decision; in her burns the inner flame of the musical joy of authentic inspiration”.
- She is a sitarist and musicologist, in charge of the investigations of the C.N.R.S.; and she is the only artist in France to have played Julián Carrillo’s third, fourth and sixteenth tone zither harps.
She has participated in numerous radio broadcasts, as a producer of musical illustrations, as well as a soloist, especially in “THistoire de Jacotin” by Maurice Ohana (Italian R.A.I. Award in 1961).
She was a collaborator in the investigations of conereta music of the Radio de France from 1950 to 1953, Monique Rollin, is also one of the very rare lute players in France and with that character she has participated in numerous concerts, broadcasts, tours abroad and disc recordings. (Decca, Philips, Chant du Monde, Erato, etc.).
LAMOUREUX Concert Association Orchestra
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