A highlight of Schneller's talk was the story of the "Poeme Electronique," composed by Edgar Varese
for the Philips pavilion at the 1958 World Fair in Brussels.
Tomorrow evening Birmingham Conservatoire's enterprising student-driven Thallein Ensemble is conducted by Lionel Friend in a fascinating programme which includes Octandre by Edgar Varese
, Webern's Concerto Op.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Dlugoszewski moved to New York City, where she studied piano with Grete Sultan and composition with Edgar Varese
, a well-known avant-gardist, in the early 1950s.
Included are performances by the Ensemble Modern and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, with commentary by Zappa himself, Edgar Varese
, Pierre Boulez, Captain Beefheart, Ian Underwood, George Duke, Haskell Wexler, and Gail & Dweezil Zappa.
The work, only partially reinstalled in Basel, uses documents and images to examine three examples of late-modernist utopianism: Le Corbusier's visionary Philips Pavilion for the World Exhibition in 1958, the Poeme Electronique that Edgar Varese
composed for this pavilion, and Nicolas Schoffer's project Die kybernetische Stadt (Cybernetic City), 1979, with its urban concept of aesthetic and sexual hygiene.