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Varèse : astronomer in sound

Author: Malcolm MacDonald
Publisher: London : Kahn & Averill, 2003.
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"The works of Edgard Varese (1883-1965) represent the most radical expression of 20th-century Modernism in music. He created such staggering orchestral showpieces as Ameriques and Arcana, mainstays of the instrumental repertoire like Octandre and Density 21.5 and also pioneered works for percussion ensemble and electronic music, with tape and with electronic instruments. Varese was a prophet of the future and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
MacDonald, Malcolm, 1948-
Varèse.
London : Kahn & Averill, 2003
(OCoLC)735327237
Named Person: Edgard Varèse; Edgard Varèse; Edgard Varèse; Edgard Varèse; Edgard Varèse
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Malcolm MacDonald
ISBN: 187108279X 9781871082791
OCLC Number: 50654020
Description: xx, 423 p. : ill., ports. ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1: The past --
The lost memory: the enigma of the early music --
'Further and beyond': aspects of Varèse's developing aesthetic --
'All'illustro futuro': Wronski to Busoni --
2: New worlds --
From the Seine to Brooklyn bridge --
Flowering crystals --
A new star and a new heaven --
3: Microcosm and macrocosm --
Nova and Ion --
Path of the lightning --
Lost in space --
4: All alone in the night --
Deserts of the mind --
Inquisition --
Beyond the night.
Responsibility: Malcolm MacDonald.

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"The works of Edgard Varese (1883-1965) represent the most radical expression of 20th-century Modernism in music. He created such staggering orchestral showpieces as Ameriques and Arcana, mainstays of the instrumental repertoire like Octandre and Density 21.5 and also pioneered works for percussion ensemble and electronic music, with tape and with electronic instruments. Varese was a prophet of the future and remains an inescapable presence in the modern concert repertoire." "The core of this book is a series of descriptive analyses, accessible to any literate music-lover, of all Varese's available works. Malcolm MacDonald relates them to the aesthetic and scientific ideas which underlay Varese's boldly original view of sound and musical structure. He shows how Varese's conception of a music that 'explodes into space' and of 'intelligent sounds moving in space' arose partly from 20th-century man's expanding consciousness of his place in the universe. Yet they also derived from the esoteric philosophies of late 19th-century Paris, inspired by Renaissance alchemists such as Paracelsus."--BOOK JACKET.

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