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EDGARD VARÈSE  

(1883 - 1965)

Preferring the concept of organised sound to that of music, the French-born composer Edgard Varèse exercised a strong influence on the contemporary avant-garde. This was particularly so in the United States, where he spent some time from 1915 until 1928, when he returned to Paris. He went back to America in 1933, eventually finding the necessary backing for his electro-acoustic research. He enjoyed an earlier career as a conductor of some distinction, but he is now remembered chiefly for his experimental composition and for the influence his work exerted over younger composers.

Music

Varèse made an early impression with his Offrandes for soprano and small orchestra in 1921 and the remarkable Octandre for wind instruments and double bass, first heard in New York in 1924. Later organised sound included Ionisation for 13 percussionists (completed in 1931) and Déserts (completed in 1954), with its combination of instrumental performance and recorded tape.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
25 YEARS WITH THE TAMMITTAM PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE Dynamic
CDS720
Chamber Music
BERLIOZ, H.: Symphonie fantastique / VARÈSE, E.: Ionisation (Bavarian Radio Symphony, Jansons) BR-Klassik
900121
Chamber Music
Chamber Music - LENNON, J. / MCCARTNEY, P. / WUORINEN, C. / RIHM, W. / THOMAS, A.R. / ORFE, J. / VARÈSE, E. (Modernists) (Alarm Will Sound, Pierson) Cantaloupe Music
CA-21117
Chamber Music
Discover Music of the Twentieth Century Naxos Educational
8.558168-69
Orchestral
Flute Recital: Zukerman, Eugenia - DRATTELL, D. / DEBUSSY, C. / HOOVER, K. / LARSEN, L. / ESCHER, R. / BENNETT, R.R. / BOZZA, E. / HONEGGER, A. Delos
DE3184
Instrumental
Orchestral Music - DEBUSSY, C. / HINDEMITH, P. / IVES, C. / JANÁČEK, L. / PETRASSI, G. / RAVEL, M. (Michael Gielen Edition, Vol. 7 (1961-2006)) SWR Classic
SWR19061CD
Orchestral
Orchestral Music - HAYDN, J. / BEETHOVEN, L. van / BRAHMS, J. / STRAUSS, R. / MAHLER, G. / VARÈSE, E. (Mariss Jansons - Portrait) BR-Klassik
900157
Orchestral
SONIC REBELLION - Alternative Classical Collection Naxos
8.570760
Orchestral
VARÈSE, E.: Intégrales / PENDERECKI, K.: Emanacje / LIGETI, G.: Volumina (Ionisation) (Charlent, Reissberger, Vered, Cerha, Springer, Gottwald) Vox Box
CDX-5142
Instrumental, Vocal, Chamber Music
VARÈSE, E: Amériques / STRAVINSKY, I.: Symphony of Psalms / SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphony No. 6 (Bavarian Radio Chorus and Symphony Orchestra, Jansons) BR-Klassik
900161
Orchestral
VARESE: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 - Arcana / Integrales / Deserts Naxos
8.554820
Chamber Music, Orchestral, Vocal, Orchestral
VARESE: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 - Ameriques / Equatorial / Nocturnal / Ionisation Naxos
8.557882
Orchestral, Vocal, Orchestral, Instrumental, Chamber Music




 
 
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