The works of Edgard Varèse represent the most radical expression of 20th-century modernism in music. A friend of Debussy, Strauss, and Busoni, he lived to become the conscience of modern American music and a colleague of Cage, Boulez, and Xenakis. This intensive study of Varèse's music comprises a series of descriptive analyses of all of his available works, addressing the ideas, both aesthetic and scientific, which underlie the composer's boldly original view of sound and musical structure.
“...an indispensible book on essential music... Max Harrison - Musical Opinion ”
“...an essential acquisition for any library... Nigel Simeone - Musical Times ”
“...exactly the sort of general book which every modern master needs... Hugh Wood - Times Literary Supplement ”