VIDEO FLASHBACK: Edgard Varèse’s Hyperprism

Music Director Leon Botstein led the orchestra in a performance of Edgard Varèse‘s influential piece Hyperprism in a livestreamed, physically distanced concert from the Fisher Center at Bard in November 2020. In his notes on the work, TŌN horn player Steven Harmon says that “Varèse elevated rhythm to a new prominence, granted percussion instruments a role of unforeseen importance (and complexity), and developed a new sound world, dependent not on melody and harmony, but on timbre, texture, and dynamics.” You can read his full concert notes on the piece by clicking here.