Ionisation (Varèse, Edgard)

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Publisher. Info. New York: Edgar Varese, 1934.
Reprinted New York: G. Ricordi & Co., 1958.
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Work Title Ionisation
Alternative. Title Ionisation, for percussion ensemble of 13 players, N.Y. 1938.
Composer Varèse, Edgard
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1 movement
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1929–31
First Performance. 1933-03-06 in New York, Carnegie Chapter Hall
Percussion Ensemble, Nicolas Slonimsky (conductor)
First Publication. 1934 - New York: Composer?, n.d.
Dedication Nicolas Slonimsky
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation percussion ensemble (13 players):
3 bass drums (medium, large, very large), 2 tenor drums, 2 snare drums, tarole (piccolo snare drum),
2 bongos, tambourine, field drum, crash cymbal, suspended cymbals, 3 tam-tams, gong, 2 anvils,
2 triangles, sleigh bells, cowbell, chimes, glockenspiel, piano, 3 temple blocks, claves, maracas,
castanets, whip, güiro, high & low sirens, lion's roar
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Misc. Comments

Don't know why the 1958 Ricordi score says "N.Y. 1938". Date of revision?