Edgar Varèse wrote Density for solo flute in January , at the request of the flautist Georges Barrère, who, with this piece, inaugurated his platinum flute. Varèse, born in Paris in , received his earliest training in France but was The concert opened with Varèse’s most familiar work, “Density ,” a brief flute . Edgard Varèse’s Density for unaccompanied flute was composed in ( revised in ) at the request of George Barrère for the première of his new.
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To answer those questions we will need to study the score in close detail and see what it does and does not suggest to the performer. Formallyhe says, the piece consists of two parts of nearly equal length, the end of the first section being bars 24—28 p. Therefore, in order to understand why the meter suddenly becomes emphasized at m.
AnalysisDensity Allmusic ‘s Sean Hickey says, “According to the composer, Density Notify me of new posts via email.
F is emphasized due to its position as the first note, F is emphasized due to its duration, and G is varwse by its position as the final note of the sub-phrase.
Why might this be and is it the fault of the composition or the interpretation? An important change happens beginning with m.
Similarly, the uneven back-and-forth between duple and triple subdivisions obscures any sense of rhythmic consistency at levels faster than the quarter note. Do they sound like a piece of music that should be performed mechanistically and inhumanly or do they evoke the qualities you hear in Laura Pou?
The structural importance of each pitch is then dependent on its context, at which level it partitions the octave, the tritone which divides the octave, the minor third which divides the tritone, the major second which divides the major third, the minor second which divides the major second.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The piece uses interval cycles”inherently non- diatonic symmetrical elements. Webarchive template wayback links Wikipedia articles needing page number xensity from December Like G before it, D concludes the sub-phrase.
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From the second beat of bar 56 until the end, however, the piece uses an interval-2 cycle, C2, which still produces tritones, but partitions them differently. Post was not sent – check your email addresses!
Views Read Edit View history. You are commenting using your WordPress. Db, Db, D, D. George Perle analyses the piece both harmonically and motivicallyand describes its background structure.
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This is divided into two trichords: Defined by the head motif and its repetition in bar 3, is “characterized by its relative pitch content a three-note segment of the semitonal densithby its interval order—down a half step and up a whole step—and by its rhythm two sixteenth-notes on the beat followed by a tied eighth-note.
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Come back for part 3. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here You are commenting using your Twitter account. Innovative Ideas in Performance and Pedagogy. Furthermore, important moments — such as barese beginning of the second sub-phrase at m.
Varese indicates a strict pulse with no prescribed character — that seems a bit like a description of a machine — consistant motion and no affect. Varsse I would like to focus primarily on rhythmic details, one of the strengths of Density The three-note chromatic ascent is transposed to begin on Db and the notes that fall on the downbeats are: This is what the composition is about ” p.
This three-note ascent is varied and restated in 3 — 4.