RECENT: Find out about composers from unusual places, including Gerard Schurmann, Giya Kancheli, Nazib Zhiganov and Nodar Gabunia, about singing in cars, and meet Jim Hutton from the RLPO and some of our regular contributors in this eighty-minute February 2021 video.
Born in Burgundy on 22 December 1883, Edgard Varèse studied in Italy, France, and Germany before moving to the USA in 1915. From his earlier Romantic style as a composer he became an energetic innovator, later turning to electronics with his ceaseless quest for new sounds to match his new ideas. He died in New York on 6 November 1965.
Ensemble. Exquisitely Beautiful - Music for percussion by Chou Wen-chung, Chinary Ung, Lei Liang, Michael Pisaro and Edgard Varèse, heard by Ron Bierman
Classical music news. Obituary - Chou Wen-chung (1923-2019)
Limitless Combinatorics - Eric Pettine postulates 'No Shortage of Melodies Anytime Soon', and offers some real hope for cynical musicians who think they've heard it all
Life-affirming - Steven Schick's 'The Percussionist's Art', reviewed by Paul Sarcich
The specious origins of originality - Alistair Hinton comments on Patric Standford's recent 'Provocative Thoughts'