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New Music Concepts 2017

Architecture and Music: General literature-based considerations with reference to particular cases of mutual influence between the two arts

Part of the New Music Concepts book series (NMC volume 4)

Author(s): Silvia Gomes, Luisa Tender, Ana M.T. Martins

Abstract: The connections between architecture and music are a fascinating subject that has interested researchers since early times. Architectural thought seems to influence or in some way be implied in different musical activities. For example, architects have acoustic concerns when they create spaces for music performance. On the other hand, architectural notions and creativity are present in musical components like melody, harmony and rhythm. This essay is a reflexion on the mutual and close interaction between architecture and music. We present a brief perspective on notions related to this subject, which supports the first authorís ongoing activity as an architect of spaces for music. We also refer to the particular historic case of Iannis Xenakis, in whose work the connections between the two fields are evident.

Keywords: architecture, music, Xenakis