The transmutation of the ‘old’ with the ‘new’ in the modernist vision of Edgard Varèse.

Davismoon, Stephen (2004) The transmutation of the ‘old’ with the ‘new’ in the modernist vision of Edgard Varèse. Contemporary Music Review, 23 (1). pp. 45-58. ISSN 0749-4467

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In this paper, certain aspects of Varèse's life and work are discussed that have at times, I feel, been overemphasised, distorted, or even omitted, in order to lend greater weight to the depiction of him as a non-European (non-'Old World', non-traditional) and fully American (fully 'New World' radical Modernist, experimentalist) composer. The following article attempts to demonstrate how the past can be felt to resonate in concert with the present and/or future throughout Varèse's oeuvre. Part 1 deals with certain biographical matters, and part 2 focuses more directly on aspects of his works. The following should not be read as an attempt in any way to deny the importance of the USA nor the 'Modern' in Varèse's work, but more to demonstrate that he was an artist at the crossroads of many things old and new and at a time when the world was changing rapidly. This dialectic of the 'Old' (even ancient) and the 'New' can be felt to operate in all of Varèse's works, and to be mindful of this, does I feel bring a vitally different perspective to the place, currency and legitimacy of his art.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 0749-4467
Electronic ISSN: 1477-2256
Uncontrolled Keywords: Edgard Varese; Composer; Composition; Influences; Old World; New World; Travel;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Arts & Creative Industries
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 306 Culture & institutions
700 Arts & recreation > 780 Music > 780 Music
Library of Congress Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Item ID: 2336
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2008 14:29
Last Modified: 10 May 2013 14:03

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