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Edgard Varèse

Edgard Victor Achille Charles Varèse

Also known as Эдгар Варез, Edgar Varèse, Edgar Varése, Edgar Varese, Edgard Varèse, Edgard Varese, Varèse, Varese

Profile of the performer Edgard Varèse: [b]Born:[/b] 22 December 1883, Paris, France.

[b]Died:[/b] 06 November 1965, Sullivan Street, Greenwich Village, New York, USA.



"I Long for instruments obedient to my thought and whim, with their contribution of a whole new world of unsuspected sounds, which will lend themselves to the exigencies of my inner rhythm." Varèse. June 1917.



Edgard Varèse has been credited as the "Father of Electronic Music". He is often credited as Edgar Varese.



Varèse grew up in the Burgundian village of Le Villars and returned to Paris in 1890. He then moved with his family to Turin, where his early attempts at composition began. Varèse married actress Suzanne Bing, 05 November 1907. His daughter, Claude, was born in 1910 and he divorced Bing in 1913. In 1917 he met Louise Norton and married her, 17 January 1922.





Edgar Varèse (1883-1965) studied with Vincent d'Indy at the Schola Cantorum (1903-5) and Charles-Marie Widor at the Paris Conservatoire (1905-7), then moved to Berlin, where he met Richard Strauss and Ferruccio Busoni.

In 1913 he returned to Paris, but in 1915 he emigrated to New York; nearly all his compositions disappeared at this stage, with the exception of a single published song and an orchestral score, [b]Bourgogne[/b] (1908), which he took with him but destroyed towards the end of his life.

His creative output therefore effectively begins with [b]Amériques[/b] for large orchestra (1921), which, for all its echoes of Claude Debussy and of

Igor Stravinsky's early ballets, sets out to discover new worlds of sound.

In 1921 Varèse and Carlos Salzedo founded the International Composers' Guild, who gave the first performances of several of Varèse's works for small ensemble, these prominently featuring wind and percussion, and presenting the innovations of [b]Amériques[/b] in pure, compact form: [b]Hyperprism[/b] (1923), [b]Octandre[/b] (1923) and [b]Intégrales[/b] (1925).

[b]Arcana[/b] (1927), which retums to the large orchestra and extended form with perfected technique, brought this most productive period to an end.

There followed a long stay in Paris (1928-33), during which Varèse wrote [b]Ionisation[/b] for percussion orchestra (1931), the first European work to dispense almost entirely with pitched sounds, which enter only in the coda.

He also took an interest in the electronic instruments being developed (he had been calling for electronic means since his arrival in the USA), and wrote for two theremins, or ondes martenot, in [b]Ecuatorial[/b] for bass, brass, keyboards and percussion ( 1934).

The flute solo [b]Density 21.5[/b] (1936) was then Varèse's last completed work for nearly two decades.

During this time he taught sporadically and also made plans for [b]Espace[/b], which was to have involved simultaneous radio broadcasts from around the globe; an [b]Etude pour Espace[/b] for chorus, pianos and percussion was performed in 1947.

Then, with electronic music at last a real possibility owing to the development of the tape recorder, Varèse produced [b]Déserts[/b] for wind, percussion and tape (1954) and [b]Poème Électronique[/b] (1957-8), devised to be diffused in the Philips pavilion at the Brussels Exposition of 1958.

Varèse's last years were devoted to projects on themes of night and death, including the unfinished [b]Nocturnal[/b] for voices and chamber orchestra (1961) [Which was completed by Chou Wen-chung].

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1 Edgard Varèse - Arcana ● Intégrales ● Déserts Arcana ● Intégrales ● Déserts 18 mp3 Download release MP3 Arcana ● Intégrales ● Déserts 2001-06-00 Naxos
2 Edgard Varèse - Hyperprism, Intégrales, Ionisation Hyperprism, Intégrales, Ionisation 6 mp3 Download release MP3 Hyperprism, Intégrales, Ionisation 1983 CBS Masterworks
3 Edgard Varèse - The Complete Works The Complete Works 25 mp3 Download release MP3 The Complete Works 1998-12-15 London Classics
4 Edgard Varèse - Amériques - Offrandes - Hyperprism - Octandre - Arcana - Densité 21,5 - Ionisation - Ecuatorial - Nocturnal - Intégrales - Déserts Amériques - Offrandes - Hyperprism - Octandre - Arcana - Densité 21,5 - Ionisation - Ecuatorial - Nocturnal - Intégrales - Déserts 14 mp3 Download release MP3 Amériques - Offrandes - Hyperprism - Octandre - Arcana - Densité 21,5 - Ionisation - Ecuatorial - Nocturnal - Intégrales - Déserts 2005 Apex
5 Edgard Varèse - Music Of Edgar Varèse Music Of Edgar Varèse 6 mp3 Download release MP3 Music Of Edgar Varèse 1996
6 Edgard Varèse - Offrandes / Intégrales / Octandre / Ecuatorial Offrandes / Intégrales / Octandre / Ecuatorial 4 mp3 Download release MP3 Offrandes / Intégrales / Octandre / Ecuatorial 1972 Nonesuch
7 Edgard Varèse - A Sound Spectacular, Music Of Edgar Varèse Vol. 2 A Sound Spectacular, Music Of Edgar Varèse Vol. 2 4 mp3 Download release MP3 A Sound Spectacular, Music Of Edgar Varèse Vol. 2 CBS
8 Edgard Varèse - The Complete Works The Complete Works 25 mp3 Download release MP3 The Complete Works 2004 Decca
9 Edgard Varèse - Ionisation Ionisation 21 mp3 Download release MP3 Ionisation 1995 Vox Music Group
10 Edgard Varèse - The Roots Of The Budding: The Adventures Of The Intellectual Life Of A Medical Scientist / Ionisation / Adagio From The String Quintet In C Major D. 956 (Op. Posth. 163) The Roots Of The Budding: The Adventures Of The Intellectual Life Of A Medical Scientist / Ionisation / Adagio From The String Quintet In C Major D. 956 (Op. Posth. 163) 3 mp3 Download release MP3 The Roots Of The Budding: The Adventures Of The Intellectual Life Of A Medical Scientist / Ionisation / Adagio From The String Quintet In C Major D. 956 (Op. Posth. 163) 1985 Distar
11 Edgard Varèse - The Complete Works The Complete Works 31 mp3 Download release MP3 The Complete Works 1998 Decca
12 Edgard Varèse - Ameriques / Nocturnal / Ecuatorial Ameriques / Nocturnal / Ecuatorial 3 mp3 Download release MP3 Ameriques / Nocturnal / Ecuatorial 1976 Dischi Ricordi S.p.A.
13 Edgard Varèse - Arcana / Intégrales / Ionisation Arcana / Intégrales / Ionisation 3 mp3 Download release MP3 Arcana / Intégrales / Ionisation 1972 Decca
14 Edgard Varèse - Offrandes · Tempi Concertati · D'Un Opéra De Voyage Offrandes · Tempi Concertati · D'Un Opéra De Voyage 6 mp3 Download release MP3 Offrandes · Tempi Concertati · D'Un Opéra De Voyage 1968 Disques Adès
15 Edgard Varèse - Density 21,5 / Hyperprism / Intégrales / Ionisation / Octandre / Poème Électronique Density 21,5 / Hyperprism / Intégrales / Ionisation / Octandre / Poème Électronique 6 mp3 Download release MP3 Density 21,5 / Hyperprism / Intégrales / Ionisation / Octandre / Poème Électronique 1983 CBS Masterworks
16 Edgard Varèse - Déserts / Hyperprism / Intégrales / Densité 21,5 Déserts / Hyperprism / Intégrales / Densité 21,5 4 mp3 Download release MP3 Déserts / Hyperprism / Intégrales / Densité 21,5 EMI Electrola
17 Edgard Varèse - Live 3 Live 3 12 mp3 Download release MP3 Live 3 1992 Attacca
18 Edgard Varèse - Music Of Edgar Varèse Music Of Edgar Varèse 6 mp3 Download release MP3 Music Of Edgar Varèse 1960 Columbia Masterworks
19 Edgard Varèse - A Symphony Of Three Orchestras / Déserts · Ecuatorial · Hyperprism A Symphony Of Three Orchestras / Déserts · Ecuatorial · Hyperprism 4 mp3 Download release MP3 A Symphony Of Three Orchestras / Déserts · Ecuatorial · Hyperprism 1995 Sony Classical
20 Edgard Varèse - Density / Intégrales / Offrandes / Hyperprism / Octandre / Ionisation Density / Intégrales / Offrandes / Hyperprism / Octandre / Ionisation 6 mp3 Download release MP3 Density / Intégrales / Offrandes / Hyperprism / Octandre / Ionisation 1971 Vox (6)
21 Edgard Varèse - A Sound Spectacular. Music Of Edgar Varèse Vol. 2: Arcana ‧ Déserts ‧ Offrandes A Sound Spectacular. Music Of Edgar Varèse Vol. 2: Arcana ‧ Déserts ‧ Offrandes 3 mp3 Download release MP3 A Sound Spectacular. Music Of Edgar Varèse Vol. 2: Arcana ‧ Déserts ‧ Offrandes 1962 Columbia Masterworks
22 Edgard Varèse - Hyperprisme - Octandre - Intégrales / Suite Op. 29 Hyperprisme - Octandre - Intégrales / Suite Op. 29 8 mp3 Download release MP3 Hyperprisme - Octandre - Intégrales / Suite Op. 29 1960 Vega
23 Edgard Varèse - Ionisation / Density 21.5 / Intégrales / Octandre / Hyperprism / Poème Electronique Ionisation / Density 21.5 / Intégrales / Octandre / Hyperprism / Poème Electronique 6 mp3 Download release MP3 Ionisation / Density 21.5 / Intégrales / Octandre / Hyperprism / Poème Electronique 1960 Philips
24 Edgard Varèse - Ionisation (For Percussion Ensemble) Ionisation (For Percussion Ensemble) 2 mp3 Download release MP3 Ionisation (For Percussion Ensemble) 1937 Columbia Masterworks
25 Edgard Varèse - Arcana • Amériques • Ionisation • Offrandes • Density 21.5 • Octandre • Intégrales Arcana • Amériques • Ionisation • Offrandes • Density 21.5 • Octandre • Intégrales 14 mp3 Download release MP3 Arcana • Amériques • Ionisation • Offrandes • Density 21.5 • Octandre • Intégrales 1990 Sony Classical
26 Edgard Varèse - Complete Works Of Edgard Varèse, Vol. 1 Complete Works Of Edgard Varèse, Vol. 1 8 mp3 Download release MP3 Complete Works Of Edgard Varèse, Vol. 1 2007 Él
27 Edgard Varèse - The Varese Record The Varese Record 8 mp3 Download release MP3 The Varese Record 1977 Finnadar Records
28 Edgard Varèse - Arcana / Integrales / Ionizacion Arcana / Integrales / Ionizacion 3 mp3 Download release MP3 Arcana / Integrales / Ionizacion 1972 London Enterprise
29 Edgard Varèse - Œuvres Œuvres 4 mp3 Download release MP3 Œuvres BAM
30 Edgard Varèse - Percussion Music Percussion Music 7 mp3 Download release MP3 Percussion Music 1974 Nonesuch
31 Edgard Varèse - Musikprotokoll 1970 - Steirischer Herbst - Eine Dokumentation Musikprotokoll 1970 - Steirischer Herbst - Eine Dokumentation 5 mp3 Download release MP3 Musikprotokoll 1970 - Steirischer Herbst - Eine Dokumentation 1970
32 Edgard Varèse - Arcana / Intégrales / Ionisation Arcana / Intégrales / Ionisation 3 mp3 Download release MP3 Arcana / Intégrales / Ionisation 1972
33 Edgard Varèse - Entretiens Avec Georges Charbonnier - Création De Entretiens Avec Georges Charbonnier - Création De "Déserts" 11 mp3 Download release MP3 Entretiens Avec Georges Charbonnier - Création De 2007 INA
34 Edgard Varèse - Boulez Conducts Webern, Carter, Varèse, Berio Boulez Conducts Webern, Carter, Varèse, Berio 178 mp3 Download release MP3 Boulez Conducts Webern, Carter, Varèse, Berio 2009
35 Edgard Varèse - Deserts / Hyperprism / Integrales / Density 21,5 Deserts / Hyperprism / Integrales / Density 21,5 4 mp3 Download release MP3 Deserts / Hyperprism / Integrales / Density 21,5
36 Edgard Varèse - Arcana / Intégrales / Ionisation Arcana / Intégrales / Ionisation 3 mp3 Download release MP3 Arcana / Intégrales / Ionisation 1973 Orphic Egg
37 Edgard Varèse - Arcana / Intégrales / Ionisation Arcana / Intégrales / Ionisation 3 mp3 Download release MP3 Arcana / Intégrales / Ionisation
38 Edgard Varèse - A Symphony Of Three Orchestras / Déserts · Ecuatorial · Hyperprism A Symphony Of Three Orchestras / Déserts · Ecuatorial · Hyperprism 4 mp3 Download release MP3 A Symphony Of Three Orchestras / Déserts · Ecuatorial · Hyperprism 1995
39 Edgard Varèse - Amériques - Offrandes - Hyperprism - Octandre - Arcana - Densité 21,5 - Ionisation - Ecuatorial - Nocturnal - Intégrales - Déserts Amériques - Offrandes - Hyperprism - Octandre - Arcana - Densité 21,5 - Ionisation - Ecuatorial - Nocturnal - Intégrales - Déserts 14 mp3 Download release MP3 Amériques - Offrandes - Hyperprism - Octandre - Arcana - Densité 21,5 - Ionisation - Ecuatorial - Nocturnal - Intégrales - Déserts 2000 Erato
40 Edgard Varèse - Arcana / Intégrales / Ionisation Arcana / Intégrales / Ionisation 3 mp3 Download release MP3 Arcana / Intégrales / Ionisation 1972 Decca
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