In honor of John Cage’s 100th birthday (on September 5th) I have selected two scores as part of my staff picks:
Works for Prepared Piano and Toy Piano — John Cage — M22.C34 T36 2004
4′ 33″: For Any Instrument or Any Combination of Instruments — John Cage — M1470. C34 F66 1960
Alex Witt can play 4’33″ wonderfully. It is quite possibly the best work for trombone I’ve ever heard.
John Adams Doctor Atomic Symphony — John Adams — CD 9695
For anyone who didn’t know, I am obsessed with Doctor Atomic, whether it is a symphonic arrangement or the actual opera, I love it.
Don Giovanni — W. A. Mozart — DVD 116
Washington National Opera is producing Don Giovanni this season and everyone should go see it! It’s going to be great!
Elvis Presley — Elvis Presley — DVD 168
Recently, I’ve been on an Elvis kick. I can’t get enough Elvis!
September 2, 2:00 pm [Studio Theater]
September 7, 4:00 pm – 9:30 pm [Recital Hall]
September 8, 9:00 am [Recital Hall]
Join the AU Music Department in a centennial celebration of John Cage’s birthday! In partnership with the John Cage Centennial Festival of Washington, DC, American University will be hosting three Cage-ian events!
On September 2nd at 2 pm, come to the Katzen Center Studio Theater to get a taste of Cage’s repertoire with [In] CAGE. Bonnie Whiting Smith, Dustin Donahue and AU Music Faculty Dr. William Brent, the members of red fish blue fish will be performing.
On September 7th at 4 pm, Tom Delio will give a lecture about John Cage’s percussion work “Amores” . Following Mr. Delio’s lecture, a series of concerts will cover every decade of Cage’s work from the 1930s to the 1990s. Steven Schick and the Percussion Group Cincinnati will give rare performances of Cage’s music. This performance will be located in the Studio Theater at 5:30 pm [free], the Katzen Museum at 6:30 pm [free], and there will be a feature performance in the Recital Hall at 7:30 pm [$5 with a student ID]. There will be another performance of Cage’s work at 9:30 pm in the Museum [free].
On Saturday September 8th at 9:00 am [Recital Hall], Steven Schick and Percussion group Cincinnati will lead a free masterclass on interpreting Cage and other experimental music that will be performed in the September 7th concert.
For more information about the rest of the John Cage Centennial Festival Washington, DC, visit http://www.johncage2012.com/index.html.
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We have added four new CDs to the Music Library:
Miles Davis — Blue Moods — CD 9864
The Modern Jazz Quartet — Django — CD 9867
Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela —Fiesta — CD 9865
Heavy Weather — Weather Report — CD 9866
Come check out the new CDs!
- Various Artists — Electronic Masters Vol. 1 — CD 9748
- Caetano Veloso — Caetano Veloso — CD 9854
- Gilberto Gil and Jorge Ben — Gil, Jorge – CD 9855
- Nikos Skalkottas — The Maiden and Death, ballet suite; Piano Concerto No. 1; Ouverture Concertante — CD 9856
- Nikos Skalkottas — 36 Greek Dances; The Return of Ulysses — CD 9857
- Poul Ruders — Poul Ruders Vol. 8 — CD 9859
- Andrew Earle Simpson and Alfred Schnittke — A Crown of Stars; Requiem — CD 9860
- Stephen Sondheim — Merrily We Roll Along — CD 9861
- Various Artists — Tropicalia — CD 9862
- Joan Tower, Amy Beach, and Arthur Foote — American Flute Quintets — CD 9863
Enjoy and happy first week of classes!
Yuliya Gorenman performs Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1
8:00 PM on Saturday, September 22, 2012
See American University’s own Yuliya Gorenman perform Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kim Kluge. For more information about Professor Gorenman you can visit yuliya.com.
Here is the link to a great recording of Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 that you can check out from the Music Library!
The performance will be located at:
Rachel M. Schlesinger Hall and Arts Center
23001 N. Beauregard St.
For more Information call 703-548-0885
or visit http://www.alexsym.org/performance/2012/yuliya-gorenman-returns/
Sonic Youth ~ A Thousand Leaves ~ CD 9792
Sonic Youth ~ Washing Machine ~ CD 9793
Eric Claption ~ Unplugged ~ CD 9794
David Byrne ~ uh-oh ~ CD 9795
Moby ~ Songs: 1993-1998 ~ CD 9796
John Williams ~ Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones ~ CD 9797
The Killers ~ Hot Fuss ~ CD 9798
System of a Down ~ Toxicity ~ CD 9799
Steely Dan ~ A Decade of Steely Dan ~ CD 9800
Rage Against the Machine ~ CD 9801
Genesis ~ Invisible Touch ~ CD 9802
Pat Metheny ~ Secret Story ~ CD 9803
Howard Shore ~ Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers ~ CD 9804
Joe Strummer ~ The Future is Unwritten ~ DVD 273
The Monkees ~ “Head” ~ DVD 274
Pippin ~ DVD 275
Leonard Bernstein’s Candide ~ DVD 276
1776 ~ DVD 277
Pirates of Penzance ~ DVD 278
Today is Gene Kelly’s 100th birthday (posthumous, of course). NPR had a lovely tribute on Morning Edition today, and there’s no end of clips and documentaries on YouTube. If it’s been a while since you’ve seen Gene Kelly dance, right now is a perfect time to re-appreciate just how good he was.
Of course, the best way to gain an appreciation for this genius of dance is to watch his groundbreaking movie musicals. The Music Library has On the Town (ML DVD 247), An American in Paris (ML DVD 218), and of course Singin’ in the Rain (ML DVD 265). And if that’s not enough, Media Services has more.
Terry Riley ~ In C
You can’t make a list of American Composers without bringing up Minimalism. It is one of the most important American contributions to the Classical Music world and remains strong until this day. Terry Riley’s “In C” is often credited as being the spark the ignited the Minimalism. This CD is was recorded on the 25th anniversary of the works premier and is perfectly blended together into a slowly evolving circle of noise and pulse.
Steve Reich ~ Tehillim
Speaking of pulse, there is Steve Reich. Another one of the great minimalist composers, Reich’s earlier works revolved around creating pulse and changing note emphasis through a process called phase. Written in the 1981, Tehillim is Reich’s first foray into his Jewish heritage, providing a setting for various psalms. Its a great piece worth listening to as it echoes both his older instrumental work as well as his less esoteric contemporary works.
Philip Glass ~ Solo Piano
I’ve recommended plenty of Phillip Glass in previous posts. However, most of those are large scale works like operas. This is a nice change of pace, its simply Glass playing his own works on a piano. Its gloriously unassuming, avoiding massive ensembles and bizarre instrumentation its minimalism in its most minimalistic.
Julia Wolfe ~ Dark Full Ride
I have mentioned this in a previous post, but its just too good. What could be better than 9 bagpipes sliding in between pitches? That’s right, nothing.
John Adams ~ Harmonium; The Klinghoffer Choruses
This is the work that brought Adams into the spotlight. It was premiered by the San Fransisco Symphony under Edo de Waart during Davies Hall’s inaugural season and Adam’s first performance with a major orchestra. Set to poetry by John Donne and Emily Dickinson, Harmonium is a great example of a large scale, expansive sounding minimalist work. The final movement, a setting of Dickenson’s “Wild Nights” provides this sublime energy born out of his customary flares in the woodwinds while being propelled forward by energetic brass and choral lines.
Bad Brains ~ CD 9849
Joe Pass ~ Portraits of Duke Ellington ~ CD 9848
Junk Yard Band ~ Creepin’ Thru Da Hoodz ~ CD 9850
Roberta Flack ~ First Take ~ CD 9847
Marvin Gaye ~ I Want You ~ CD 9846
Minor Threat ~ Complete Discography ~ CD 9853
Fugazi ~ Repeater ~ CD 9851
Jawbox ~ For Your Own Special Sweetheart ~ CD 9852
Its a big week for those who like new scores, especially if you like them from the 20th Century. Here is a little dose of the Ligeti to start with:
György Ligeti ~ Le Grand Macabre ~ M1500 .L64 G7 2003
Camille Saint-Saëns ~ Samson et Delila ~ M1500.S18 S2 1992
Antonin Dvorak ~ Piano Trio in F Minor ~ M312 .D98 op.68 1999
Oliver Messiaen ~ Vingt Regards Sur L’enfant-Jèsus (for piano) ~ M25 .M48 V5 2011
Karlheinz Stockhausen ~ Mikrophonie II ~ M1554 .S76 M54 1974
Karlheinz Stockhausen ~ Telemusik ~ M1473 .S8 T4 1969