Monday, September 29, 2008

A web of clashing blocks?

My new favourite mixed metaphor:
Edgard Varèse, however, went entirely beyond the familiar; in such works as Intégrales 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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