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Varèse Bibliography

By Varèse:

"The Liberation of Sound." In Contemporary Composers on Contemporary Music, ed. Elliott Schwartz and Barney Childs (New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1967), pp. 195-208.

-New Instruments and New Music
-Music as an Art-Science
-Rhythm, Form, and Content
-Spatial Music
-The Electronic Medium

Le Corbusier. Le Poème Electronique. Paris: les Editions de Minuit, 1958, pp. 191-203.


Julius, Ruth. "Edgard Varèse: An Oral History Project, Some Preliminary Conclusions." Current Musicology 25 (1978): 38-49.

Ouellette, Fernand. Edgard Varèse. Translated by Derek Coltman. New York: Orion, 1968.

Varèse, Louise. Varèse: A Looking-Glass Diary. Vol. 1, 1883-1928. New York: Norton, 1972.

Theory. Analysis, and Criticism:

Anderson, John Davis. "The Influence of Scientific Concepts on the Music and Thought of Edgard Varèse."

Doctoral dissertation, University of Northern Colorado Graduate School, 1984.

Bernard, Jonathan. The Music of Edgard Varèse. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987.

Bloch, David Reed. "The Music of Edgard Varèse." Ph.D. dissertation, Yale University, 1973.

Chou Wen-Chung. "Varèse: A Sketch of the Man and His Music." Musical Quarterly 52 (1966): 151-170.

Cogan, Robert. New Images of Musical Sound. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1984.

Erickson, Robert. Sound Structures in Music. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1975.

Parks, Florence Ann. "Freedom, Form, and Process in Varèse." Ph.D. dissertation, Cornell University, 1974.

Tedman, Keith. "Edgard Varèse: Concepts of Organized Sound." D.Phil. dissertation, University of Sussex, 1983.

Van Solkema, Sherman, ed. The New World of Edgard Varèse: A Symposium. I.S.A.M. Monographs, no. 11. Brooklyn: Institute for Studies in American Music, 1979.

Contains the following articles of interest:

Carter, Elliott. "On Edgard Varèse," pp. 1-7.

Chou Wen-Chung. "Ionisation: The Function of Timbre in its Formal and Temporal Organization," pp. 26-74.

Morgan, Robert. "Notes on Varèse’s Rhythm," pp. 9-25.

On Futurism:

Marinetti, Filippo Tommaso. Marinetti: Selected Writings. R.W. Flint, ed. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1971.

Perloff, Marjorie. The Futurist Movement: Avante-Garde, Avant Guerre, and the Language of Rupture.
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1986.