Hyperprism (Varèse, Edgard)

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Publisher. Info. New York: Edgar Varèse, 1924.
Reprinted New York: Franco Colombo, Inc., 1961.
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Work Title Hyperprism
Alternative. Title
Composer Varèse, Edgard
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1 movement
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1922–23
First Performance. 1923-03-04 in New York, Klaw Theater
International Composers Guild Ensemble, Composer conducting
First Publication. 1924 - New York: Composer ?
Dedication To José Juan and Nena Tablada
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation 16 players: flute (also piccolo), piccolo clarinet (E) +
3 horns (F), 2 trumpets (C), 2 trombones (tenor and bass) +
7 percussion (see below):
snare drum, Indian drum, bass drum (mammoth), tambourine, crash cymbal (big size), 2 cymbals,
tam-tam (or gong, very deep and rich), triangle, anvil, slapstick, 2 Chinese blocks (high and low),
sing drum (lion's roar), rattle, big rattle, sleigh bells, siren
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