As part of our Composer Salonen tribute, Gustavo Dudamel leads a world premiere by his celebrated predecessor. As with many of his previous works, Salonen is writing this new one specifically for our musicians, whom he knows very well. And his music always provides the opportunity for fascinating discovery.
Edgard Varèse composed Amériques after moving from France to New York in 1915. Assembled from self-contained “blocks” of music placed against one another in the manner of Stravinsky, this piece for massive orchestra quickly builds up tremendous elemental power, inspired by his experience of New York City. Varèse used the title Amériques to symbolize “discoveries – new worlds on earth, in the sky, or in the minds of men.”