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Giacinto Scelsi

Works List

The following list of compositions of Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988) was taken in part from a Musike-Konzepte article by Rainer Rehn, with corrections and additions by myself. It might easily be incomplete, or inaccurate in places where I have no direct experience. Obviously, certain pieces in numerical sequences are absent (ex. Suite No. 1) – whether they are destroyed (which some early pieces certainly were) or simply not listed is unknown.

First Period (1929-1948)

  • Chemin du coeur (for violin and piano) - 1929
  • Rotative (Symphonic poem for three pianos, winds and percussion) - 1929
     (version for 2 pianos and percussion) - 1938
  • 40 Preludes (for piano) - 1930-40
  • 6 Pieces from "Paralipomeni" (for piano) 1930-40
  • Dialogo (for cello and piano) - 1932
  • Sinfonietta (for orchestra) - 1932
  • Tre canti di primavera (for voice and piano) - 1933
  • L'amour et le crane (for voice and piano) - 1933
  • Tre canti (for voice and piano) - 1933
  • Suite No. 2 (for piano) - 1934
  • Toccata (for piano) - 1934
  • Poems (for piano) - 1934/39*
  • Sonata (for violin and piano) - 1934
  • Concertino (for piano and orchestra) - 1934
  • Trio No. 1 (for violin, cello and piano) - 1936
  • Preludio, Ariosa e Fuga (for orchestra) - 1936
  • Suite No. 5 (for piano) - unknown
  • Suite No. 6 "I Capricci di Ty" (for piano) - 1938/39
  • Hispania (Triptych for piano) - 1939
  • Sonata No. 1 (for piano) - unknown
  • Sonata No. 2 (for piano) - 1939
  • Sonata No. 3 (for piano) - 1939
  • Sonata No. 4 (for piano) - unknown
  • Trio No. 2 (for violin, cello and piano) - 1939
  • Variations (for piano) - 1940
  • Variations and Fugue (for piano) - 1941
  • Ballata (for cello and piano) - 1943
  • String Quartet No. 1 - 1944*
     (version for string orchestra) - 1962
  • Introduction and Fugue (for string orchestra) - 1945
  • La Nascita del Verbo (Cantata for mixed chorus and orchestra) - 1948

Second Period (1952-1959)

  • Suite No. 8 "Bot-Ba: Evocation of Tibet with its monasteries on high mountain summits: Tibetan rituals, prayers and dances" (for piano) - 1952*
  • Quattro Illustrazioni "Four illustrations of the metamorphoses of Vishnu" (for piano) - 1953*
  • Cinque incantesimi (for piano) - 1953*
  • Suite No. 9 "Ttai: A succession of episodes which alternatively express time - or more precisely, time in motion and man as symbolized by cathedrals or monasteries, with the sound of the sacred 'Om'" (for piano) - 1953*
  • Piccola suite (for flute and clarinet) - 1953
  • Suite No. 10 "Ka: The word 'ka' has many meanings, but the principle one is 'essence'" (for piano) - 1954*
  • Pwyll (for flute) - 1954*
  • Three studies (for Eb clarinet) - 1954
  • Preghiera per un ombra (for Bb clarinet) - 1954
  • Divertimento No. 2 (for violin) - 1954
  • Yamaon (for bass voice and alto sax, baritone sax, contrabassoon, double bass, percussion) - 1954-58
  • Action Music (for piano) - 1955
  • Divertimento No. 3 (for violin) - 1955*
  • Divertimento No. 4 (for violin) - 1955
  • Coelocanth (for viola) - 1955*
  • Hyxos (for alto flute in G, 2 gongs and cow-bell) - 1955
  • Suite No. 11 (for piano) - 1956
  • Four Pieces (for trumpet) - 1956*
  • Three Pieces (for saxophone or bass trombone) - 1956*
  • Four Pieces (for horn in F) - 1956
  • Ixor (for reed; Bb clarinet, oboe) - 1956*
  • Divertimento No. 5 (for violin) - 1956
  • Three Studies (for viola) - 1956
  • Three Pieces (for trombone) - 1957*
  • Trilogy "Triphon, Dithome, Ygghur" (for cello) - 1957-61/65*
  • Rucke di guck (for piccolo and oboe) - 1957
  • String Trio - 1958*
  • I presagi [The Forebodings] (for 10 instruments, brass and percussion) - 1958
  • Tre canti popolari (for 4-voice mixed choir) - 1958
  • Tre canti sacri (for 8-voice mixed choir) - 1958*
  • Kya (for Bb clarinet solo, and seven instruments) - 1959*
  • Quattro pezzi su una nota sola [Four pieces each on a single note] (for chamber orchestra) - 1959*

Third Period (1960-1969)

  • Ho "Four Songs" (for soprano voice) - 1960
  • Wo-Ma (for bass voice) - 1960
  • Hurqualia "A Different Realm" (for large orchestra, with amplified instruments) - 1960*
  • String Quartet No. 2 - 1961*
  • Aion "Four Episodes in one Day of Brahma" (for orchestra) - 1961*
  • Taiagaru "Five Invocations" (for soprano voice) - 1962
  • Riti "Ritual March" (version for Achilles, for four percussionists) - 1962
     (version for Alexander, for tuba, double bass, contrabassoon, electric organ & percussion) - 1962
     (version for Carl the Great, for cello and 2 percussionists) - 1967
  • Khoom "Seven episodes of an unwritten tale of love and death in a distant land" (for soprano voice, horn, string quartet & percussion) - 1962*
  • 20 Canti del Capricorno (for soprano) - 1962-72*
  • String Quartet No. 3 - 1963*
  • Hymnos (for large orchestra) - 1963*
  • Chukrum (for string orchestra) - 1963*
  • Xnoybis "The ability of energy to ascend to the spirit" (for violin) - 1964*
  • String Quartet No. 4 - 1964*
  • Yliam (for female choir) - 1964
  • Duo (for violin and cello) - 1965*
     (version for violin and double bass) - 1977
  • Anahit "Lyric Poem on the name of Venus" (for violin and 18 instruments) - 1965*
  • Anagamin "The one who is faced with a choice between going back and refusing to" (for 12 strings) - 1965
  • Ko-Lho (for flute and clarinet) - 1966*
  • Elegia per Ty (for viola and cello) - 1958/66*
  • Ohoi "The Creative Principles" (for 16 strings) - 1966
  • Uaxuctum "The Legend of the Maya City which destroyed itself for religious reasons" (for 4 vocal soloists, ondes martenot solo, mixed choir and orchestra) - 1966*
  • Ko-Tha "Three Dances of Shiva" (for guitar) - 1967
     (version for double bass) - 1972
     (version for six-string cello) - 1978*
  • Manto I, II, III (for viola and female voice) - 1967
  • Ckckc (for soprano voice and mandolin) - 1967
  • Natura renovatur (for 11 strings) - 1967
  • Tkrdg (for 6-voice male choir, electric guitar and percussion) - 1968
  • Okanagon "Okanagon is like a rite, or if you will, like grasping the heartbeat of the Earth" (for harp, tamtam & double bass) - 1968*
  • Konx-Om-Pax "Three aspects of sound: as the first motion of the immovable, as creative force, as the syllable 'om'" (for mixed choir, and orchestra) - 1969*

Fourth Period (1970-1985)

  • Il est grand temps (for voice) - 1970
  • Meme si je voyais (for voice) - 1970
  • Three Latin Prayers (for voice) - 1970*
  • Antifona "on the name of Jesus" (for male choir) - 1970*
  • Nuits (2 pieces; for double bass) - 1972*
  • Pranam I "In memory of the tragic losses of Jani and Sia Christou" (for soprano voice, 12 instruments & tape) - 1972
  • L'ame ailee (for violin) - 1973*
  • L'ame ouverte (for violin) - 1973*
  • Arc-en-ciel (for two violins) - 1973*
  • Sauh I & II (for two female voices) - 1973
  • Sauh III & IV (for four female voices) - 1973
  • Pranam II (for nine instruments) - 1973*
  • Voyages (2 pieces; for cello) - 1974*
  • Et maintenant c'est a vous de jouer (for cello and double bass) - 1974
  • Kshara (for two doubles basses) - unknown
  • To the master "Two improvisations" (for cello and piano) - 1974
  • Manto "per quattro" (for voice, flute, trombone and cello) - 1974
  • In Nomine Lucis (2 pieces; for electric organ) - 1974*
  • Aitsi (for electronically prepared piano) - 1974*
     (version as String Quartet No. 5) - 1985*
  • Pfhat "A flash… and the sky opened!" (for mixed choir and large orchestra) - 1974*
  • Maknongan (for low-voice instrument: double bass, contrabassoon, etc) - 1976*

I have translated sub-titles in quotes, and a few titles in brackets. A asterisk (*) indicates that the piece has appeared on recording in the U.S.; as can be seen, roughly half of Scelsi's output has been recorded.

Edited from materials originally posted to the Internet in 1992 by Todd McComb
Copyright © 1992-2000, Todd Michel McComb.

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