ICE meets with Chou Wen-Chung

from left: Joshua Rubin, Claire Chase, Ryan Streber, Steven Schick, and Chou Wen-Chung

Joushua Rubin, Claire Chase, Ryan Streber, Whit Bernard, and Steven Schick talked last night with Varèse’s protégé Chou Wen-Chung in Varèse’s former house on Sullivan Street.

Chou Wen-Chung became a student of and assistant to Varèse in 1949 as Varèse was composing his last works, and later served as his music executor. He prepared corrected editions of most of Varese’s scores, first under the composer’s supervision, and continuing after his death. He also completed several of Varèse’s pieces, edited the original version of Amériques for publication, and wrote the spacialization diagrams for Varese’s Étude pour espace.

He has been incredibly generous with his time and expansive knowledge of Varèse as ICE has moved forward with this project.  Stay tuned to the blog in the coming weeks for more material from our conversations with him.

Chou discusses his spacialization diagrams for Étude pour espace with audio engineer Ryan Streber

Chou with Varèse, 1965

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