January 26, 2017

Integrales

Edgard Varèse

Born: December 22, 1883, Paris, France

Died: November 6, 1965, New York, New York

Instrumentation: Eleven winds, four percussionists

Composed: 1924-1925

Duration: 11 minutes

University of Maryland Wind Orchestra

"Cheating, Lying... Paraphrasing"

Friday, March 3, 2017, 8 pm

Elsie & Marvin Dekelboum Concert Hall

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

The University of Maryland...

September 1, 2016

Octandre

  1. Assez lent

  2. Très vif et nerveux

  3. Grave

Edgard Varèse

Born: December 22, 1883, Paris, France

Died: November 6, 1965, New York, New York

Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe, B-flat Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Double Bass

Composed: 1923

Duration: 8 minutes

The title, Octandre, refers both to the eight-member ensemble and to the word’s li...

July 20, 2015

The University of Maryland Wind Orchestra performed at the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Conference in San Jose, California, on July 12, 2015.

Concert Program:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture to "The Magic Flute" (1791), arr. Bastiaan Blomhert

Michael Forbes: Grumpy Troll

Craig Potter, tuba

Arvo Pärt: Fratres (1977), arr. Beat Brinner

Edgard Varèse: Density 21.5

Car...

November 1, 2014

Octandre

  1. Assez lent

  2. Très vif et nerveux

  3. Grave

Edgard Varèse

Born: December 22, 1883, Paris

Died: November 6, 1965, New York

Instrumentation: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, bass

Duration: 7 minutes

Composed: 1923

“I have always been an experimenter. But my experiments go into the wastebasket. I give only finished works to the...

July 10, 2011

Continuing today with the music of Edgard Varèse, this post will focus on Hyperprism a work that Varese wrote in 1923, the same time period of the 1920's that he wrote Integrales and Octandre. Sorry in advance for the broken up nature of this post.

A biography of Varèse can be found in yesterday's post if you are interested in that sort of background information.

Here is a blog post by D...

July 12, 2010

Today will be the final post on Edgard Varèse. We have explored all of Varèse's wind works (and one percussion work) in depth and we will end with a piece that encapsulates what Varèse is probably most remembered for--works with magnetic tape.

When Varèse received a tape recorder from an anonymous donor in the 1950's, his compositional dreams had been realized. He had waited in vain for...

July 11, 2010

Although not necessarily a piece for wind band, Edgard Varèse's Ionisation has been performed on too many wind ensemble concerts and is too important a piece to not be mentioned in a blog dealing with wind music. If you are interested in background on Varèse, please look through previous posts on the composer.

Widely regarded as the first piece written for "percussion ensemble", Varèse...

July 10, 2010

In a (sort of) continuation of last weekend, today's post will focus on Edgard Varèse's Intégrales for 11 wind instruments and four percussionists. Varèse is a much more influential person than his small body of work would suggest (he only has about three hours worth of surviving music to his credit). But, his innovations and theories in sound production and organization were very infl...

July 4, 2010

There is a long history in wind music of octet writing dating back to the 18th century harmoniemusik serenades, divertimenti, etc. The Mozart serenades, Beethoven Octet, and the Stravinsky Octet are just a few of the significant works for eight winds alone. Edgard Varèse continued this tradition (albeit in a completely different direction) in 1923 with his Octandre. The piece has prove...

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