Varese Density 21.5 for Solo Flute


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Varese Density 21.5 for Solo Flute

Varese Density 21.5 for Solo Flute

Year of Composition: 1936
Scoring: Solo Flute
Duration: 4 min(s)
Published By: Ricordi Milan
Catalogue Number: 134978
Revised in: 1946


Density 21.5 was composed by Edgard Varèse in 1936 and revised in 1946. The piece was written at the request of renowned flautist, Georges Barrère for the premiere of his platinum flute. The first performance of this work took place in 1936 at Carnegie Hall, New York.

The piece takes its title from the density of platinum being close to 21.5 grams per cubic centimetre.

Edgar Varese

French-born American composer, Edgard Varèse (1883-1965) was an innovator of 20th-century sound production techniques. He studied with Vincent d’Indy, Albert Roussel and Charles Widor.

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