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Mar 1, 2019 at 7:00 pm

red fish blue fish: Xenakis’ Persephassa


Persephassa (1969) is the first of Xenakis’ innovative and ambitious works for percussion ensemble. The title refers to the goddess Persephone, “the personification of telluric forces and of transmutations of life.” The piece was commissioned for the first-ever Shiraz Festival (organized by the Empress of Iran), held at the historic desert site of Persepolis—an awesome and altogether fitting setting for such a powerful work.

Persephassa gains much of its effect from having the six percussionists distributed around the audience. The treatment of space as a musical parameter is one of the most important preoccupations of Xenakis’ music, particularly in his works of the mid-to-late 1960s.

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Mar 1, 2019 at 7:00 pm


Conrad Prebys Music Center

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UC San Diego Department of Music    858-534-3230


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UC San Diego Department of Music

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Concerts, Performances and Exhibitions