Music and Architecture (Iannis Xenakis)

Iannis Xenakis

This important work fills a major lacuna in the literature by bringing together, for the first time, all the texts relating to architecture by the multi-faceted Xenakis, who worked with Le Corbusier for 12 years. Sharon Kanach assisted the composer in gathering the texts for this, his last ambitious project. Her commentary throughout the book seeks to bridge the reciprocal influences between music and architecture in the Xenakis oeuvre.
The volume is organized into four main subject headings: The Le Corbusier Years, Xenakis as Independent Architect, Writings on Architecture, and The Polytopes. Three major appendices comprise: An up-to-date and annotated bibliography of writings by and on Xenakis by Makis Solomos; a critical index of Xenakis’s architecture by Sven Sterken; and a comparative chronology of Xenakis’s life and work by Sharon Kanach.