Iannis Xenakis

Iannis Xenakis in his studio in Paris, c. 1970 Iannis Xenakis (also spelt as Yannis Xenakis) (Greek: Γιάννης (Ιάννης) Ξενάκης ; 29 May 1922 – 4 February 2001) was a Greek-French composer, music theorist, architect, performance director and engineer. After 1947, he fled Greece, becoming a naturalized citizen of France. He is considered an important post-World War II composer whose works helped revolutionize 20th century classical music.

Xenakis pioneered the use of mathematical models in music such as applications of set theory, stochastic processes and game theory and was also an important influence on the development of electronic and computer music. He integrated music with architecture, designing music for pre-existing spaces, and designing spaces to be integrated with specific music compositions and performances.

Among his most important works are ''Metastaseis'' (1953–54) for orchestra, which introduced independent parts for every musician of the orchestra; percussion works such as ''Psappha'' (1975) and ''Pléïades'' (1979); compositions that introduced spatialization by dispersing musicians among the audience, such as ''Terretektorh'' (1966); electronic works created using Xenakis's UPIC system; and the massive multimedia performances Xenakis called ''polytopes'', that were a summa of his interests and skills. Among the numerous theoretical writings he authored, the book ''Formalized Music: Thought and Mathematics in Composition'' (French edition 1963, English translation 1971) is regarded as one of his most important. As an architect, Xenakis is primarily known for his early work under Le Corbusier: the Sainte Marie de La Tourette, on which the two architects collaborated, and the Philips Pavilion at Expo 58, which Xenakis designed by himself. Provided by Wikipedia
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by Xenakis, Iannis, 1922-2001.
Published 1971
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by Xenakis, Iannis, 1922-2001.
Published 1974
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by Xenakis, Iannis, 1922-2001.
Published 1967
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Published 1968
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by Xenakis, Iannis, 1922-2001.
Published 2001
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Published 1999
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Published 1990
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Published 1950
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Published 1978
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