Hom Week 5 - Varèse: "futurism"

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  • 1. 
    • A. 

      Luigi Russolo

    • B. 

      Emile Zola

    • C. 

      Filippo Tommaso Marinetti

    • D. 

      Benito Mussolini

  • 2. 
    Write down the name (last name or full name) of the Italian futurist who wrote The Art of Noises (1913), in which he argues that pretty much all sound-making objects are good for creating music, and the music and art should reflect new realities to a greater extent.
  • 3. 
    A parallel futurist movement took place in Germany, but started off around two decades later, specifically in 1933.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    • A. 

      Fascist

    • B. 

      Communist

    • C. 

      Socialist

    • D. 

      Botanist

  • 5. 
    Edgard Varèse, just like Schoenberg, believed tonality to be exhausted.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    Varèse emigrated to the US in 1903, when he was only 20 years old.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 7. 
    In New York, Varèse worked with other composers and founded several organisations and societies. Which of the following societies did he not found?
    • A. 

      The Panamerican Association of Composers

    • B. 

      The Society for the Promotion of Private Musical Performance

    • C. 

      International Society for Contemporary Music

    • D. 

      International Composers' Guild

  • 8. 
    Varèse did not want to acknowledge his old musical self, and he even destroyed some of his pre-WW1 works himself.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
  • 10. 
    Varèse's 2nd String Quartet is noted for its use of percussive effects. There are, for instance, more pizzicato passages than arco passages.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 11. 
    Although spending a lot of time politicizing and advocating ideas, as well as commenting on other people's music, Edgard Varèse composed more works than Schoenberg and Stravinsky combined.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 12. 
    In a famous quote, Varèse envisioned a musical machine that could deal with the formation of any scale, unsuspected ranges, new harmonic splendors, subharmonic combinations, differentiation of timbre, and so on. In effect, he was describing digital music. When did he write this?
    • A. 

      1910s

    • B. 

      1920s

    • C. 

      1930s

    • D. 

      1940s

  • 13. 
    Write down the name of the composer (last name or full name) with whom Varèse founded the International Composers' Guild and the Panamerican Association of Composers.
  • 14. 
    • A. 

      2

    • B. 

      3

    • C. 

      4

    • D. 

      13

  • 15. 
    Most of the percussion instruments featured in Ionisation are idiophones
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 16. 
    • A. 

      Loads of dynamic contrasts

    • B. 

      There are no strings in the instrumentation

    • C. 

      There is a focus on rhythm, and not on pitch

    • D. 

      It has an "industrial" touch

  • 17. 
    Musical techniques such as trills, octave displacement, and chromatic scales are all present in Octandre (1924)
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 18. 
    A strong 20th century idea is that one shouldn't rely on canonized form - something that Varèse was keen on communicating. Instead, the compositional process creates the form. What is a suitable word for such a musical philosophy in light of the time period (30s, 40s)?
    • A. 

      Proto-serialist

    • B. 

      Proto-minimalist

    • C. 

      Proto-postmodernist

    • D. 

      Proto-pointillist