Arcana (Varèse, Edgard)

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Editor Revised version
Publisher. Info. New York: Colfranc Music Publishing Co., 1964.
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General Information

Work Title Arcana
Alternative. Title
Composer Varèse, Edgard
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1 movement
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1925–27; rev. 1960
First Performance. 1926-04-09 in Philadelphia, Academy of Music
Philadelphia Orchestra. Leopold Stokowski (conductor)
First Publication. 1931 - Paris: Max Eschig
1964 - New York: Colfranc (revised)
Dedication Leopold Stokowski
Average DurationAvg. Duration 17 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation Orchestra:
3 piccolos, 2 flutes, 3 oboes, English horn, heckelphone,
2 piccolo clarinets (E), 3 clarinets (B), [contra]bass clarinet (B), 3 bassoons, 2 contrabassoons
8 horns (F), 5 trumpets (C), 4 trombones (4th also contrabass trombone), tuba, contrabass tuba
timpani, percussion (6 players, see below), strings (basses low string tuned to low C)

Percussion (6 sets, 1 player for each set):

1. medium gong, chinese (or crash cymbal), high tam-tam, bass drum, triangle
2. low tam-tam, slap stick, bass drum, triangle, tambourine
3. snare drum, guiro, triangle, chinese blocks (high and low with drumsticks)
4. side drum, tambourine, suspended cymbal (with drumsticks)
5. cymbals, string drum, coconuts
6. xylophone, glockenspiel, 2 chinese blocks (high and low with metal sticks),
rattle, tambourine, bells, guiro, cymbals, triangle

Misc. Comments

  • According to the full score above, the "bass clarinet" (as specified in the roster) would most likely have to play on the contrabass clarinet because of the composer wanting the instrument to sound a ninth lower. In the score itself however abbreviated Cl. contrabasse (B) the part is written in bass clef in the same range as the bassoons, which proves the clarinetist would have to play a contrabass clarinet, rather than the normal bass clarinet.