Gianco Scelsi’s compositions have an improvisatory nature and he uses an oral transmission method for its interpretational code. Because the composer and his original players are leaving us, we are confronted with the inevitability of losing our direct source of performance instructions. There is a lack of detailed studies that document the performance praxis of his works and none have been made for the violin repertoire.
This research aims to establish a performance practice of Scelsi’s works from direct contact with the composer and his first performers. It will investigate his complex creative routine and look for interpretative suggestions residing within his compositional artifact. It will also offer the necessary information and documents to understand and respect Scelsi’s original compositional idea.
The subject of analysis will be Scelsi's opus for violin. Marco Fusi will focus on the materials of Scelsi's original improvisations, on the role and artistic liberties of the transcribers over the written score and on the process of an instrumental assignment of a keyboard-generated performance.
The goal of this project is a written and audio document presenting a coherent way to perform the works of Scelsi by proposing effective technical adaptations on string instruments and eliminating the problematics of oral transmission, while acknowledging and respecting the intricacies of his creative process.
(c) Fondazione Isabella Scelsi