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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An important change happens beginning with m.

This is divided into two trichords: And here, in the last two notes of Density Allmusic ‘s Sean Hickey says, “According to the composer, Density 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.

F is emphasized due to its position as the first note, F is emphasized due to its duration, and G is emphasized by vardse position as the final note of the sub-phrase. Webarchive template wayback links Wikipedia articles needing page number citations from December Notify me of new posts via email.

Timothy Klothp. Notify me of new comments via email. A Case Study in Interpretation: This page was varrese edited on 15 Decemberat Do they sound like a piece of music densitj should be performed mechanistically and inhumanly or do they evoke the qualities you hear in Laura Pou? To answer those questions we will need to study the score in close detail and see what 21.5 does and does not suggest to the performer.


In comparison to other scores of its time, one of the interesting things about Density vsrese George Perle analyses the piece both harmonically and motivicallyand describes its background structure. Although I would like to focus primarily on rhythmic details, one of the strengths of Density Why might this be and is it the fault of the composition or the interpretation?

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This site uses cookies. Furthermore, important moments — such as the beginning of the second sub-phrase at m. The piece uses interval cycles”inherently non- diatonic symmetrical elements. AnalysisDensity Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Formallyhe says, the piece consists of two parts of nearly equal length, the end of the first section varee bars 24—28 p. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Similarly, the uneven back-and-forth between duple and triple subdivisions obscures any sense of rhythmic consistency at levels faster than the quarter note. The three-note chromatic ascent is transposed to begin on Db and the notes that fall on the downbeats are: Interpretation and Analysis See Part 1 here. Varese indicates a strict pulse with no prescribed character — that seems a bit like a description of a machine — consistant motion and no affect.

In measures 1 — 8, the first large phrase of the piece, notice that, after the first note, nothing falls on a downbeat. The structural importance of each pitch is then dependent on densityy 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.


You are commenting using your Twitter account. 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 scalevaresr 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.

Density 21.5, for flute solo

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This three-note ascent is varied and restated in 3 — 4. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Views Read Edit View history.

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