Sun, 10 May | Southbank Centre

BCMG | Varèse in London

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group | Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and Jaume Santonja Espinós: Conductors
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BCMG | Varèse in London

When & Where

10 May 2020, 16:00
Southbank Centre, South Bank, London SE1, UK



NEXT Musicians Side-by-Side Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and Jaume Santonja Espinós Conductors

Varèse Density 21.5 for solo flute; Ionisation for 13 percussionists; Intégrales for wind & percussion Rebecca Saunders a visible trace for ensemble Debussy Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune; Syrinx for solo flute Grisey Stèle for 2 percussionists Varèse Déserts for wind, piano, percussion & tape


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”.