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 Théâtre de la Ville
Monday 12 December 2011 - 20h30
  • Monday 12 December 2011 - 20h30


John Cage Composer

John Cage


IN MEMORY OF A UNIQUE ARTIST


The final performances of the Merce Cunningham company provide the opportunity for a concert dedicated to John Cage with works from his third period (1095-1991).The texts for Four Solos were chosen at random from the composer’s  personal library. This composition to manifest a return to harmony as redefined by Cage: “The sounds make love with to each other, or at least they accept each other, whatever their combination”. Ear for EAR is an untrimmed response. Filtering a collection of religious anthems resulted in Hymns and Variations, the hymns turned into a Calder mobile. The almost unplayable Freeman Etude for violin are a tribute to instrumental virtuosity. Whenever too many notes are to be played at once, John Cage indicates: “Play as many as you can! One9 is a piece for sho, the mouth organ of the Japanese gagaku. Cage scatters sounds and divides time into “flexible portions. A music, so to speak, meant for resisting earthquakes, in which I seek something I have not yet found. I compose to hear the music that I have not yet heard”.


Martin Kaltenecker

 

Vocal pieces
Freeman Etudes / One9


Mayumi Miyata sho (solo)
Carolin Widmann violin (solo)
Exaudi Vocal Ensemble (12 singers)
James Weeks
direction


Ear for EAR (Antiphonies) / Four Solos / Four2
Freeman Etudes for violin solo (extracts)
One9, for sho solo (extracts)
Hymns and Variations for twelve amplified voices

 
 
 
 
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