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composer

Edgard Varese, French composer. Recipient Brandeis Award in music, 1962; Edward MacDowell medal 1965. Member Acoustical Society American, National Institute Arts and Letters, Swedish Royal Academy Music.

Background

Varese, Edgard was born on December 22, 1883 in Paris, France. Son of Henry and Blanche Marie Cortot Varese.

Education

Early education in mathematics and science. Studied in Schola Cantorum, Paris, under Roussel and d’Indy, Paris National Conservatory under Widor.

Career

Came to the United States, 1916, naturalized, 1926. Founder (director 6 years) International Composers Guild, 1921. Conductor choruses and orchestras in the United States and Europe.

Composer works in varied mus. forms, including, Deserts (antiphonal composition for wind instruments and percussion, alternating with electronic organized sound), 1953-1954. Poeme Electronique for Brussels Exposition, 1958. Nocturnal (soprano, men’s voices, chamber orchestra, oscillation), 1961.

Membership

Member Acoustical Society American, National Institute Arts and Letters, Swedish Royal Academy Music.

Connections

Married Louise McCutcheon, 1922.

father:
Henry Varese

mother:
Blanche Marie Cortot Varese

spouse:
Louise McCutcheon