Edgard Varèse

(unattributed photograph)

My fight for the liberation of sound and for my right to make music with any sound and all sounds has sometimes been construed as a desire to disparage and even to discard the great music of the past. But that is where my roots are. No matter how original, how different a composer may seem, he has only grafted a little bit of himself on the old plant. But this he should be allowed to do without being accused of wanting to kill the plant. He only wants to produce a new flower. It does not matter if at first it seems to some people more like a cactus than a rose. 

(Varese, 1966, pp 14-15)

‘Poeme Electronique’ (1958)
The above film was presented as part of an installation by Edgard Varese and Le Corbusier at the Expo 58, also known as the Brussels World’s Fair, which was held from 17 April to 19 October 1958. It was the first major World’s Fair after World War II. ‘Poeme Electronique’ was housed in the pavilion shown below, designed by Le Corbusier in collaboration with Varese

Edgard Varese and Antonin Artaud, c.1933
Photograph by Rogi André

Edgard Varese and Antonin Artaud, c.1933
Photograph by Rogi André

Edgar Varese’s Sonic Liberation (1980)
Produced by Kimberly Hass and John Diliberto

‘The One All Alone’
Directed by Frank Scheffer

Further Resources
Varese on Ubuweb Sound – here
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