Date of Award
Master of Music (MMUS)
The works of Iannis Xenakis combine the influences of mathematics, architecture and music. Xenakis views these not as three separate worlds, but one entity resulting from logical thought. Through his work with stochasticism and other compositional techniques, Xenakis has broken new ground in twentieth-century music. In 1976, Xenakis was commissioned to write Psappha, for Percussion Solo, a work for membranophones, metallophones and wooden idiophones. This paper examines the characteristics of the work, the required instruments and their positioning, and the technical demands presented.
Johnson, John Ronald, "Background and performance considerations of Iannis Xenakis' "Psappha", for percussion solo" (1993). Student Work. 2828.