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tendency toward tranquility.” Sonata II Sonata V Edgard Varèse (1883 -1965)
Great innovator Born in France but spent most of his
life in the United States. Dreamed of freeing music from the
limitations of traditional instruments and
expanding the vocabulary of sounds. During the 1920s and 1930s, Varèse
pioneered in the exploration of
percussive and noiselike sounds Poème électronique (1958)
Electronic developments of the 1950s
that enabled Varèse to realize his vision
of a “liberation of sound.” 1958: Poème électronique, one of the
earliest masterpieces of electronic
music created in a tape studio.
◦ ◦ 8-minute work designed to be heard within
a pavilion at the 1958 Brussels World's Fair.
Sound projected from 425 loudspeakers
placed all over the interior surfaces of the Poème électronique (1958)
Created in a tape studio, exists in a single
“performance” Raw sound material—tones and noises—
came from a wide variety of sources,
including electronic generators, ch...
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