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May 21, 2006

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richard friedman

No violin concertos. No symphonies. No sonatas, duos, or string quartets.

That's the wonderful thing about Varèse's music.

He reshaped musical form to fit his needs and designs.

Octandre and Hyperprism are small masterpieces in form.

Noise is important. He was the Frenchman in New York.

richard friedman

Oh. And I still think that Carter's Cello Sonata is the best thing he ever wrote.

richard friedman

Edgard Varese from 1921-1924 on Music From Other Minds Friday 11pm PT June 2 KALW 91.7 FM San Francisco.

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