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Edgard Varèse

December 22, 1883 - November 6, 1965
born in Paris, France, composed during the Modern period
Edgard Varèse (1883-1965) was a French composer, naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 1926. While his body of works is small, Varèse became one of the most influential of 20th century composers through his concepts of organized sound, his contributions to electronic music, and his work establishing ensembles devoted to performing new music. Ionisation for 13 percussionists is his most famous chamber piece, and his large orchestral works, Arcana and Amériques, are noted for their extensive parts for percussion. Varèse created Poème électronique for tape, a landmark in the field of musique concrète, for the 1958 Brussels World Fair. ~ Blair Sanderson, Rovi
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Track List: Varèse - The Complete Works / Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra · Asko Ensemble · Chailly

Disc 1
Title: Tuning Up, For Orchestra (Draft, Realized By Chou Wen-chung)

1. Tuning Up, For Orchestra (Draft, Realized By Chou Wen-chung): Tuning Up

Title: Amériques, For Orchestra

2. Amériques, For Orchestra: Amériques

Title: Poème Électronique, For Tape

3. Poème Électronique, For Tape: Poème éLectronique

Title: Arcana, For Orchestra

4. Arcana, For Orchestra: Arcana

Title: Nocturnal, For Soprano, Chorus Of Basses, & Chamber Orchestra (edited By Chou Wen-Chung)

5. Nocturnal, For Soprano, Chorus Of Basses, & Chamber Orchestra (edited By Chou Wen-Chung): Nocturnal

Title: Un Grand Sommeil Noir, Song For Voice & Orchestra (arranged By Anthony Beaumont)

6. Un Grand Sommeil Noir, Song For Voice & Orchestra (arranged By Anthony Beaumont): Un Grand Sommeil Noir (Orchestral Version)

Disc 2

1. Un Grand Sommeil Noir, Song For Voice & Orchestra (arranged By Anthony Beaumont): I. Un Grand Sommeil Noir (Original Version)

Title: Offrandes, For Soprano & Chamber Orchestra

2. Offrandes, For Soprano & Chamber Orchestra: Chanson De La-Haut

3. Offrandes, For Soprano & Chamber Orchestra: La Croix Du Sud

Title: Hyperprisme, For Winds And Percussion

4. Hyperprisme, For Winds And Percussion: Hyperprisme

Title: Octandre, For Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, And Double Bass

5. Octandre, For Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, And Double Bass: Assez Lent

6. Octandre, For Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, And Double Bass: Tres Vif Et Nerveux

7. Octandre, For Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, And Double Bass: Anime Et Jubilatoire

Title: Intégrales, For 11 Winds & 4 Percussionists

8. Intégrales, For 11 Winds & 4 Percussionists: Intégrales

Title: Ecuatorial, For Bass, Chorus, Brass, Piano, Organ, 2 Ondes Martenots & Percussion

9. Ecuatorial, For Bass, Chorus, Brass, Piano, Organ, 2 Ondes Martenots & Percussion: Ecuatorial

Title: Ionisation, For 13 Percussion Instruments

10. Ionisation, For 13 Percussion Instruments: Ionisation

Title: Density 21.5, For Flute Solo

11. Density 21.5, For Flute Solo: Density 21.5

Title: Déserts For Brass, Percussion, Piano & Tape

12. Déserts For Brass, Percussion, Piano & Tape: 1st Episode

13. Déserts For Brass, Percussion, Piano & Tape: 1st Interpolation Of Organized Sound

14. Déserts For Brass, Percussion, Piano & Tape: 2nd Episode

15. Déserts For Brass, Percussion, Piano & Tape: 2nd Interpolation

16. Déserts For Brass, Percussion, Piano & Tape: 3rd Episode

17. Déserts For Brass, Percussion, Piano & Tape: 3rd Interpolation

18. Déserts For Brass, Percussion, Piano & Tape: 4th Episode

Title: Dance For Burgess, For Orchestra (draft, Completed By Chou Wen-Chung)

19. Dance For Burgess, For Orchestra (draft, Completed By Chou Wen-Chung): Dance For Burgess

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the present day composer refuses to die
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Planet of the apes?
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bajoroonie
lovely
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bajoroonie
beautifull
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beat as a child... zounds like he got in touch with his inner physician. Paid $3.13 for a pressing in 1969 ... wide eyed evening that
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homiealien12
He's one of those people that was so genius you will never see the likes of him again. If you like Varése you should check out Harry Partch, Roger Sessions, David Rosenboom, Iannis Xenakis, John Cage, David Tudor, Moondog, etc etc etc.
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lburris597
Zappafn57, your absolutely right about the influence on Frank Zappa! It is very exciting to hear.
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You can positively hear the influence he had on Frank Zappa.
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jtherriend
I never knew that Varese wrote so little. I have always like what I heard.

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