Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Varese density 21.5

Varese "Density 21.5" (1936)

Density 21.5 (1936) was written at the request of Georges Barrère for the premiere of his platinum flute, the density of platinum being close to 21.5 grams per cubic centimeter.

The piece is based on two melodic ideas, one modal and one atonal. It is interesting to note that in Varese's output of only fifteen works, Density 21.5 is his only solo piece. Like Scriabin, Varese was among the revolutionary composers whose works initiated the beginning of a new mainstream tradition in twentieth-century music -- use of the diminished seventh chords and tritones, interval cycles, and partitioning of chords.

Program Note by Justin R. Stolarik


Part of Dr. Stolarik's University of Texas at Austin DMA 2 Solo Percussion Recital, entitled "An Unconventional 20th Century Retrospective."

Thursday, November 15th, 2007 at 4:30pm in Bates Recital Hall.

My unconventional retrospective concept delivers a wide variety of musical styles of the twentieth-century -- one work from almost every decade.

The pieces not originally composed for percussion have been included as a means to demonstrate the contributions by important composers of the century and to expose the listener to the versatility of percussion instruments.

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