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Beyond the sound

A text from my book “Upwards in Time”, contemplating the phenomenon of beauty in art. This book was edited by the wonderful English/Academic Editor Milo B. Pertchevitch that I highly recommend for his skills, friendliness, honesty, dedication and love for his work. I am very thankful for his valuable help:


.…Besides the fact that I support freedom of the arts and that the artist ought to be able to express any idea he wishes, whether it has to do with beauty or not, I would like to state my conviction in this regard: One can compose or play the most traditionally or acoustically consonant, externally ordered and poetic sounds with the worst intention, the result, in my opinion, is harsh for the listener. Beautiful poetic words producing a good effect on the human’s mood and well-being are not necessarily made of consonant material, or containing musical consonance the way we know it; one can analyze the sound of the word acoustically or spectrally without finding a material or acoustic secret. When that word is stated with good intention and love, its quality is surely not to be measured by the timbral characteristic of the sound and its material reality, but by the whole phenomenon of what is behind and beyond the sound: from the person who has spoken the word and his intention, to his character, culture, and manner in which the word was stated. The physical aspect of the propagation of sound in space and its characteristics play a less important role here; the effect of the sound on the human is much more related to its intelligent source of propagation than the sound itself. I hope further experiments will prove this so that people will be convinced and take a new turn, in order to concentrate more on our good intentions and interior beauty instead of merely focusing on appearances.

Elia Koussa at universal edition

We are delighted to inform you that the Lebanese composer Elia Koussa is now featured via scodo on the catalogue of the prestigious Universal Edition in Vienna. Universal Edition has been writing music history since its foundation in 1901, and publishes the work of the composers who have decisively shaped the great musical trends of the 20th and 21st centuries, like Bartok, Mahler, Schoenberg, Webern, Boulez, Ligeti, Stockhausen, etc.

His works can be found on the following link:

https://www.universaledition.com/elia-koussa-7884/works

Elia Koussa’s works at universal edition

We are delighted to inform you that the Lebanese composer Elia Koussa is now featured on the catalogue of the prestigious Universal Edition in Vienna. Universal Edition has been writing music history since its foundation in 1901, and publishes the work of the composers who have decisively shaped the great musical trends of the 20th and 21st centuries, like Bartok, Mahler, Schoenberg, Webern, Boulez, Ligeti, Stockhausen, Arvo PΓ€rt, etc.

Six genera studies in the Anna-Amalia competition weimar

We are pleased to announce that the European union of music competitions for youth (EMCY), hosting the biannual international Anna Amalia competition for young guitarists by the Weimar Guitar Association, have chosen for its 15th edition, “6 πΊπ‘’π‘›π‘’π‘Ÿπ‘Ž 𝑆𝑑𝑒𝑑𝑖𝑒𝑠” by the Lebanese composer πΈπ‘™π‘–π‘Ž πΎπ‘œπ‘’π‘ π‘ π‘Ž as a part of its competition program as the only contemporary piece to be played by the 2nd and 3rd age groups of participants. https://emcy.org/…/anna-amalia-competition-young…/

A work by Elia Koussa performed by David Danel at Tehran Contemporary Music Festival

A work by Elia Koussa was performed by Czech artist David Danel at Tehran Contemporary Music Festival, on April 26, 2018. It is entitled “Sermon of an ex-statue”.

TCMF is an international event in the fields of contemporary music. It is an independent cultural and artistic event held annually with lectures and performances including experimental and improvisational presentations. It took places this year at the end of April, with musicians from Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Czech Republic, Germany and Poland who attended this year. A total of 130 musicians in 27 ensembles have entered the lineup of the event.

AboutΒ  “Sermon of an ex-statue” or fdrfh

“fdrfh (shadrafah) was a north Arabian god worshiped for protection and prosperity by the Arab and Aramaean tribes living in and around Palmyra in southern Syria before Islam. In the story “Layl”, written by the composer of this piece a year ago, many of the ex-gods of the arabic and middle eastern region are sought, revived and transformed to archetypes, becoming teachers, reminding other statues of their salvation. fdrfh, as a response to the destroyers (of statues and culture), is the protector or shepherd, given the task for care and help of others, reminding of innocence, compassion, support and honesty, away from the modern concept of safety (spread by the modern “consuming hospitals” (medias, fanatic religions…)).

Elia Koussa