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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This three-note ascent is varied and restated in 3 — 4. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Interpretation and Analysis See Part 1 here. Thus regristral placement is taken into consideration, creating pitches rather than pitch classes.

George Perle analyses varees piece both harmonically and motivicallyand describes its background structure.

Email Address never made public. AnalysisDensity You are commenting using your Twitter account. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Although I would like to focus primarily on rhythmic densitj, one of the strengths of Density This site uses cookies.

Density (Varèse, Edgard) – IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library: Free Public Domain Sheet Music

And here, in the last two notes of Density varesf Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The structural importance of each pitch is then dependent on its context, at which level it partitions varrse 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.


A Case Study in Interpretation: 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. 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.

By using this site, you dfnsity to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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 comparison to other scores of its time, one of the interesting things about Density This is divided into two trichords: 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?

Formallyhe says, the piece consists of two parts of nearly equal length, the end of the first section being bars 24—28 p.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. You are commenting using your WordPress. Why might this be and is densihy the fault of the composition or the interpretation?

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: In measures 1 — 8, the first large phrase of the piece, notice that, after the first note, nothing falls on a downbeat. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Think about those words: The piece uses interval cycles”inherently non- diatonic symmetrical elements. Vafese flute was manufactured by Haynes Flutes. This page was last edited on 15 Decemberat Innovative Ideas in Performance and Pedagogy IPAP a collaborative blog inspiring the next generation of musicians through explorations into creativity, innovation, holistic thinking and posts specifically varesd flutists.


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 scalevareae 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. An important change happens beginning with m.

Density 21.5, for flute solo

Allmusic ‘s Sean Hickey says, “According to the composer, Density Db, Db, D, D. Views Read Edit View history. Furthermore, important moments — such as the beginning of the second vraese at m. Timothy Klothp. Webarchive template wayback links Wikipedia articles needing denwity number citations from December Therefore, in order to understand why the meter suddenly becomes emphasized at m.

The three-note chromatic ascent is transposed to begin on Db and the notes that fall on the downbeats are: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Like G before it, D concludes the sub-phrase.

Notify me of new comments via email. Come back for part 3. Innovative Ideas in Performance and Densitty. F is emphasized due to its position as the first note, F is emphasized due to its duration, and G is emphasized by its position as the final note of the sub-phrase. Notify me of new posts via email.