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Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla: Varèse & Debussy

From fire sirens to car horns, the works of Edgard Varèse are paired with music from another sculptor of sound, Claude Debussy, in this weekend conducted by Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.

Debussy, whose iridescent and colourful sound palate gently broke from the conventions of the past, influenced music for decades to come. Varèse’s explorations in electronics and his belief that music was 'organised sound' resulted in a pioneering body of work that also proved hugely influential to composers across a wide range of genres, from Morton Feldman to Frank Zappa.

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group perform two concerts that span 40 years of Varèse’s output, from the 1920s until his death in New York in 1965.

I was searching for… the bomb that would make the musical world explode and thereby let in all sounds
Edgard Varèse

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