Cluster music, old and new

September 5, 2013

Jean-Féry Rebel (18 April 1666 – 2 January 1747) “Le Cahos”

An incredible piece of dissonance for the time by Jean-Féry Rebel (1666-1747). Here is the opening of his ballet Les élémens (1737), depicting chaos, performed by Christopher Hogwood and The Academy for Ancient Music. The crunchy chord at the beginning sounds like a vii dim7 played against a minor i chord [I don’t have the score.] A nice cluster chord way before Henry Cowell was born. And as long as we are talking about Henry Cowell cluster music, let’s listen to one now:

Henry Cowell (March 11, 1897 – December 10, 1965) “The Voice of Lir”

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