Mon, 04 May | Town Hall

BCMG | Varèse: Density

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group | Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and Jaume Santonja Espinós: Conductors | Jointly with CBSO we present the entire works of Edgard Varèse
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BCMG | Varèse: Density

When & Where

04 May 2020, 18:00
Town Hall, Victoria Square, Birmingham B3 3DQ, UK


If Edgard Varèse’s mind-bending music sounded extraordinary in the 1920s, then it is just as stunning today. Dreaming of new sounds – of electronic music – a generation before it was technically possible, his coining of the term “organised sound” reflects his unique vision of “sound as living matter”, integrating a fluidity of electronics and instruments to emphasise the openness of musical space. With titles such as Intégrales, Ionisation, Hyperprism and Déserts speaking of an increasingly prevalent machine age, the reflexively ambitious composer’s use of new instruments and electronic resources led to his being known as the “Father of Electronic Music”, described by Henry Miller as “The stratospheric Colossus of Sound”.