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Polysystemism

Polysystemism is a compositional technique created by Alessio Elia. It involves the simultaneous use of different tuning systems in order to integrate the physical-acoustic phenomenon within the musical texture and consider music itself as a sensation.
In the composer's intention, music must be written primarily to be listened to, making Berkeley’s expression his own, according to which “being is being perceived”.
At the present time Polysystemism employs 8 different tuning systemism: 12-ET, 24-ET, Pythagorean tuning, meantone (quarter-comma), just intonation, Werckmeister I, II and IV.

This page brings together various materials, from articles on Polysystemism to musical pieces that use it.


ARTICLES WRITTEN BY THE COMPOSER

Polysystemism: A Tool for Shaping Music by Relation to Acoustic Phenomena
An introduction to Polysystemism
Živá hudba 2020/11 - University of Prague

Click here to download it
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Polysystemism and extra dimensions: my approach to composition
and a multidimensional way to shape sound in relation to the music
of Bartók, Ligeti and quantum physics
MMA - Magyar Művészeti Akadémia 2014 (Published in 2017)
Hungarian Academy of Arts

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Polysystemism: a simultaneous employment of different tuning
systems derived from contemporary physics and aural perception of related
phenomena
von Bockel Verlag 2017

Published in "Just in Tone and Time" - Assoziationen an Manfred Stahnke – eine Festschrift.


Edited by Benjamin Helmer and Georg Hajdu
von Bockel Verlag 2017
332 Pages, ISBN 978-3-95675-020-5
29,80 Euro

For ordering the book, write to: bestellung@bockelverlag.de

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Polysystemism: A simultaneous employment of different tuning systems emerging from String Theory, M-Theory and other approaches to contemporary Physics.
Université de Strasbourg 2017

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VIDEO

Presentation of Polysystemism at La Cité de la Musique in Paris (Cdmc - Centre de documentation de la musique contemporaine)
Within the Symposium "L'influence des théories scientifiques sur le renouvellement des formes musicales dans la musique contemporaine"
Alessio Elia



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MUSICAL PIECES EMPLOYING POLYSYSTEMISM

Conifold transitions
(2014)

for: clarinet and ensemble (clarinet, 2 violins con scordatura, cello con scordatura, piano)

Tuning systems: 12-ET, 24-ET, Pythagorean tuning, meantone (quarter-comma), just intonation, Werckmeister I, II and IV

Duration: 7'

Written for: Gábor Varga

Première: 8 May 2014. Verdi Concert Hall, Italian Institute of Culture - Budapest.
Seventh portrait concert dedicated to Alessio Elia's music.
(The concert belonged to the concert series "CONTEMPORANEA" dedicated to Alessio Elia, Ivan Fedele and Luciano Berio)
Organizer: Italian Embassy in Hungary and Italian Institute of Culture in Budapest.

Gábor Varga, clarinet
Francesco Mario Possenti, piano
Eszter Krulik, violin I
Angela Balint, violin II
Gyöngyi Újházy, cello
László Tihanyi, conductor

Italian Première: 2 July 2014. Sala Casella, Filarmonica Romana - Roma.
Within the concert series "SHE LIVES meets Hungary", a three-concert Festival dedicated to Péter Eötvös, Zoltán Jeney and Alessio Elia.
Organizer: SHE LIVES

SHE LIVES Ensemble
Sandro Savagnone, conductor

UNIVERSAL EDITION - Click here to purchase the score


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Beyond Perturbative States
(2013)

for: piano, violin, viola, cello, double-bass

Tuning systems: 12-ET, 24-ET, Pythagorean tuning, meantone (quarter-comma), just intonation, Werckmeister I, II and IV

Duration: 6'

Première: 9 August 2013. Festival "Ambient'Azioni Musicali"
Ensemble of the Festival.
Sandro Savagnone, conductor

German Première: 5 February - 19:00. Kammermusiksaal - Musik Hochschule Mannheim.
Within the Sixth Portrait Concert.
Impronta ensemble.
Andreas Luca Beraldo, conductor.

Hungarian Première: 8 May 2014. Seventh Portrait Concert dedicated to Alessio Elia's music within the Festival "Contemporanea", a three-concert series dedicated to Alessio Elia, Ivan Fedele and Luciano Berio. Sala Verdi, Italian Institute of Culture, Budapest.

Francesco Mario Possenti, piano
Eszter Krulik, violin
István Polónyi, viola
Gyöngyi Újházy, cello
László Tihanyi, conductor


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Traces from Nowhere
(2017)

for: disklavier and ensemble [disklavier, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, violin con scord. and cello con scord.)

Tuning systems: 12-ET, 24-ET, Pythagorean tuning, meantone (quarter-comma), just intonation, Werckmeister I, II and IV

The piece employs the Polysystemism (12-ET, Werckmeister I,II, IV, JI, Pythagorean, Meantone) and it is written for the project "Human machine", elaborated together with the conductor Andreas Luca Beraldo.
Through a computer software the disklavier becomes a "human" member of the ensemble, being able to attack and keep time with the other members of the ensemble.
The project is sponsored by Yamaha, with the contribution of Pro Helvetia.

Duration: 7'
Commissioned by Impronta Ensemble and Oggimusica Festival Lugano

Première: 16 February 2017. Festival "Oggimusica". LAC - New Auditorium - Lugano (Switzerland)
Impronta Ensemble
Andreas Luca Beraldo, conductor


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Luminescences
(2005)

for ensemble : violin con scordatura, viola con scordatura, cello con scordatura, clarinet and percussion

Tuning systems: 12-ET, Pythagorean tuning, just intonation

Merit Prize "Chigiana" Academy of Music 2005

Duration: 6'

Première: 6 August 2005. "Chigi Saracini" Palace – "Chigiana" Academy of Music. Siena
"Chigiana" Academy of Music Ensemble
Duccio Ceccanti, violin
Sabrina Giuliani, viola
Vittorio Ceccanti, cello
Marco Ortolani, clarinet
Maurizio Ben Omar, percussions
Mauro Bonifacio, conductor

German Première: 5 February 2014. Kammermusiksaal - Musik Hochschule Mannheim.
Within the Sixth Portrait Concert.
Impronta ensemble.
Andreas Luca Beraldo, conductor.

Hungarian Première: 15 December 2016. Sala Verdi of the Italian Institute of Culture - Budapest.
Within the "Tenth Portrait Concert- Ten years of musical activity in Hungary" dedicated to Elia's works.
Organizer: Italian Institute of Culture - Budapest
Mikola Roman, violin
János Fejérvári, viola
Gyöngyi Ujházi, cello
Gábor Varga, clarinet
Zoltán Varga, percussion
Andreas Luca Beraldo, conductor


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Trasparenze
(2014)

for: large orchestra [ 3 fl. (2. also picc.) / 3 ob. (3- also E.h) - 1.2.3 also Guitar pitch pipes / 3 cl. (Bb) - 2. also picc.cl. (Eb) / 3 bs. (3. also c.bs.) / 3 hn. / 3 tr. (Bb) / 3 tr.ni / 1 tb. / 3 perc. / hp. / pf.-cel. (1 player) / strings: 12 (9.10.11.12 scord.) 10 (7.8.9.10. scord.) 8 (6.7.8. scord.) 6 (5.6. scord.) 5 (4.5 with V - 5. (scord.)]

Tuning systems: 12-ET, Pythagorean tuning, meantone (quarter-comma), just intonation, Werckmeister I, II and IV

Duration: 25'

Première: 21 May 2014, Studio 6 of the Hungarian Radio Orchestra.
National Hungarian State Radio Orchestra.
László Tihanyi, conductor
Live broadcasted by Bartók Rádió.

Commission of Bartók Rádió, the National Hungarian Radio for the Spring Festival 2014 of Contemporary Music


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Incantesimi di Merseburg
(2019)

for: 16-part soloist mixed chorus (SATB)

Tuning systems: 12-ET, Pythagorean tuning, meantone (quarter-comma), just intonation, Werckmeister I, II and IV

Text: the two Enchantments of Merseburg (Old German)

Duration: 14'

Première: 21 February 2020. Gesellschaft für Neue Musik Mannheim.
Kammerchor Stuttgart. Frieder Bernius, conductor

Commission of Kammerchor Stuttgart

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Caducae resonantiae
(2020)

for: guitar with scordatura

Tuning systemism: 12-ET, Pythagorean tuning, meantone (quarter-comma), just intonation

Duration: 3'

Written for Katalin Koltai for the Bloomsday in Budapest 2021

Première: 6 February 2022 - The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin. Within Ulysses Journey 2022. Katalin Koltai, guitar.

UE - UNIVERSAL EDITION - click here to purchase the score

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Implicate Inklings
Clarinet Concerto
(2018-19)

for: solo clarinet and large orchestra

Tuning systems: 12-ET, 24-ET, Pythagorean tuning, meantone (quarter-comma), just intonation

Duration: 25'

Written for Csaba Klenyán and Concerto Budapest Orchestra conducted by Zoltán Rácz.
With the support of NKA - Nemzeti Kulturális Alap (Hungarian National Cultural Fund)

Premiére: 4 May 2019. Grand Hall of the Liszt Academy, Budapest
Csaba Klenyán, solo clarinet
Concerto Budapest Orchestra
Zoltán Rácz, conductor







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