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.
CD Spotlight. A Rich Tradition - Gerald Fenech listens to orchestral music by American composer William Grant Still. 'A peach of an issue, superbly performed, recorded and annotated.'
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'