Ákos Rózmann - Impulsion I,II,III" & "De två, med tre instrument

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Ákos Rózmann (1939-2005) was born in Budapest, where he studied organ and composition at the Liszt Academy. From 1969 to 1974 he studied composition at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. From 1978 he was an organist at the catholic cathedral in Stockholm. Epithets which come to mind after listening to Rózmann´s music are "powerful", "raw", "monumental", "impassioned". He is a master of large forms.

   

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Excerpts from the booklet text (by Hans Gunnar Peterson): Impulsioni I, II, III (1973-74)

"Impulsioni" is the collective title of three works which comprise the beginning of Rózmann´s work within the field of electroacoustic music.

Seen as compositions, Rózmann himself sees "Impulsioni I-III" as the earliest, almost primitively simple results of a line of composition which nonetheless has kept its importance for him. "Impulsioni I" is a true start from scratch for him, with the low first tone followed by soft, silvery sounds. The second piece utilized a pulse generator, and the third a machine available at the Royal Conservatory called a "Synthi". During this period, the composer used only synthetic sounds.

It was not until later that he turned to concrete sound samples, such as organ tones, voice and other material. Despite the simple background of "Impulsioni I-III", it was here that Rózmann became convinced that electroacoustic music is the greatest expressive device of our time, an opinion which he has steadfastly held throughout the years.

De två, med tre instrument (Two, with Three Instruments) (1996-97)

The title, "Two, with Three Instruments" mixes matter-of-factness with imagination. What is meant by "Two"? The next part, "...with Three Instruments", is easier. The composition is built on samples from three instruments, with the composer´s own voice being a fourth source.

Rózmann´s art moves between many forms of society and civilization. Gregorian chant is placed next to songs by Buddhist monks, children´s voices next to the laugh of someone who is probably the Devil himself.

- FYCD 1013, 1999

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