A MAXIMALIST OUT OF SEASON
Another composer who sought to realize a Busonian vision using electronic instruments as early as he possibly could, but had to wait, was the Franco-American Edgar (or Edgard) Varèse (1883–1965), a remarkable — and remarkably isolated — figure on the avant-garde scene at a time when there was virtually no musical avant-garde to speak of. Like Iannis Xenakis (see chapter 2), Varèse was trained in mathematics and engineering before he studied music seriously. In 1907, after reading Busoni's Sketch of a New Aesthetic of Music, he went to Berlin and sought the author out as a mentor. His interest in electric instruments was kindled even before World War I, at first by the “dynaphone,” an early sound synthesizer invented by the French engineer René Bertrand.
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