Déserts (Varèse, Edgard)

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Publisher. Info. New York: Colfranc Music Publishing Co., 1959.
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Work Title Déserts
Alternative. Title
Composer Varèse, Edgard
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1 movement
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1950–54; tape rev. 1960, 1961, 1961
First Performance. 1954-12-02 in Paris, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
Orchestre National Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française, Hermann Scherchen (conductor)
First Publication. 1959 ? - New York: Franco Columbo, without date
Copyright Information Registration/Renewal - 1987
Dedication To Red Heller
Average DurationAvg. Duration 27 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation 2 flutes (both also piccolo), 2 clarinets (2nd also E piccolo clarinet, 1st also bass clarinet (B))
2 horns, 3 trumpets (D/C), 3 trombones, bass tuba, contra-bass tuba
percussion 1: timpani, vibraphone, cymbals, side drum, claves
percussion 2: glockenspiel, snare, field, and side drums, 2 timbales or tom-toms, cymbals, cencerro, tambourine, chinese blocks
percussion 3: bass drums, cymbals, field and side drums, cencerro, guiro, claves, tambourine, chimes
percussion 4: vibraphone, 3 gongs, lathes, guiro, tambourine
percussion 5: xylophone, chinese blocks, wooden drums, guiro, claves, maracas, lathes +
piano + 2-track tape
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