EXAMINING THE ‘HYPER’ STATUS OF VARÈSE’S ‘PRISM’
This paper offers an interpretation of the composition Hyperprism by Edgard Varèse. It provides an explanation of the work’s possible meanings, placing emphasis on the investigation of the “hyper” status of the work as a “prism”. Relying on the composer’s poetics and bearing in mind his scientific approach to sound and sound articulation, this paper proposes the interpretation of the meaning of Hyperprism from the perspectives of geometry, optics, and mineralogy.
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