The Music of Edgard Varèse with Analysis of Intégrales and Déserts
AuthorMorse, H. William
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe purpose of this study is to organize the musical philosophies of Edgard Varese and to develop an approach for stylistic analysis of his works. Many concepts which Varèse translated into musical thought were not solely musical. They were also represented in twentieth century painting, architecture, poetry, science, mathematics, and technology. An understanding of Varèse's works required a redefined approach for listening. The pursuit of this study is, therefore, relevant and justified. This document is organized in four chapters. The first chapter will examine Varèse's personal development through an overview of important influences in his life, and his aesthetic philosophies. Chapter 2 will demonstrate how Varèse's own statements helped determine the approach for the author's analyzations. Chapters 3 and 4 deal directly with the analyzations of Intégrales and Déserts. Great music of any historical period has distinguished itself by individuality and not by complacency. Composers of innovation have risen to prominence because of the uniqueness and quality of their work. The music of Edgard Varése must also be included in this category because of its uncontestable originality and merit.
Degree ProgramGraduate College