Monday, September 29, 2008

A web of clashing blocks?

My new favourite mixed metaphor:
Edgard Var├Ęse, however, went entirely beyond the familiar; in such works as Int├ęgrales for woodwinds, brass, and percussion (1925) and Arcana for orchestra (1927), he deals directly with dissonant and disparate blocks of sound, clashing and contending with one another to create a highly charged polyphonic web.
Schwartz and Childs, Music Since 1945, 166.

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