Edgard Varèse

Edgard Varèse was one of the most influential composers of modern music. After studying in Paris with, amongst others, Roussel and d'lndy, and in Berlin with Busoni, he moved to New York, where he spent the rest of his life. His reputation rests on a surprisingly small number of works, most of them written in the 1920s and '30s, in which he pioneered many of the major developments of 20th century music, in particular the exploration of new timbral resources and the conception of music as no more and no less than 'organised sound'. His quest for new materials continued to the end of his life: in the 1960s he embarked on a series of experiments in semi-improvised music with Teo Macero, Miles Davis' record producer.

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