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VARESE, THE ONE ALL ALONE

Netherlands, 2009 (MIFF 2009, Arts and Minds)

Director: Frank Scheffer

VARESE, THE ONE ALL ALONE

“His music is completely unique. If you haven't heard it yet, go hear it.” - Frank Zappa

Described by writer Henry Miller as “the stratospheric colossus of sound”, French sonic alchemist Edgard Varèse (1883 - 1965) continues to influence music even 40 years after his death. Artists who cite his influence include Frank Zappa, John Cage, Elliot Carter, Pierre Boulez and many others in the contemporary DJ scene. Classifying music as ‘organised sound', Varèse was the first composer to emancipate music from accepted chordal combinations.

An ardent document of a 20th-century musical genius, Frank Scheffer's film intelligently details Varèse's search for the essence of a new music.

“Scheffer masterfully integrates music and images to create a poetic journey through Varèse's compositions and catches the pulse of this beautiful, muscular music.” - Doku.Arts festival

D Frank Scheffer P Kees Kasander S Pay Uun Hiu, Frank Scheffer WS Ideale Audience TD digibeta/2009

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