36 - 5 Representative Art Music Pieces from After 1945

Sonata ii sonata v edgard varse 1883 1965 great

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Unformatted text preview: n 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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