BBC Total Immersion Day: Edgard Varèse


6 May 2017 / 12:00
Fountain Room
An introduction to the life and music of French-American composer Edgard Varese.

Edgard Varèse, even a half century after his death, remains a controversial yet cult figure. Born in France in 1883, he moved to Italy to study and knew all the major artistic figures of his day. He emigrated to the US in 1915 and, apart from a five-year stint in Paris, remained there until his death in 1965.

His unique voice and rigorous, though eclectic aesthetic, influenced countless younger composers even though his entire output can be performed in about three hours. So this Total Immersion is truly total - embracing every note he ever composed, including screenings of specially recorded BBC Symphony Orchestra films of Etude pour Espace and Ecuatorial.

Other events in the Total Immersion Day:
11am and 6.45pm Reconstruction of Varèse’s piece for tape Poéme électronique, Foyers
12pm Talk, Fountain Room
2pm Concert, Milton Court
4.30pm Film, Cinema 2
6.15pm Performance, Foyers
7pm Concert, Hall
Promoted by the BBC Symphony Orchestra


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