Giacinto Scelsi

Pfhat (1974) for Chorus and Orchestra

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Unlike the heaviness with which Scelsi at times depicts mythologies of Buddhist, Egyptian, Latin and other ancient cultures (in a ponderous style sometimes called "the new religiosity"), "Pfhat" employs a concentrated pallette of sounds and compositional ideas...breathing sounds from the chorus, imitation of a single giant ringing bell, and a lovely finale for two flutes holding a dissonance surrounded by (about) a hundred small, tinkling bells. For comparison, this CDC also contains "Aion" (1961) and "Konx-om-pax" (1969).