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John Cage

John Cage

The Works for Organ

  • Type DVD movie
  • Label Mode Records
  • UPC 0764593025399
  • Catalog number MODEDVD 253
  • Release date 20 January 2017
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About the album

THE FIRST COMPLETE RECORDING OF CAGE'S ORGAN WORKS

Some of “The Harmony of Maine” (Supply Belcher) (1978)
Souvenir (1983)
ASLSP (1985)
Organ2/ASLSP (1987)
Gary Verkade, organ of Nederluleå Church, Gammelstad, Sweden
assisted by various registrants

The organ is ideally suited to Cage’s aesthetic — its multitude of stops make it the ultimate prepared instrument. And the fact that sound emanates from a number of pipes placed at discrete locations in space nicely accords with Cage’s idea of the separation of
sounds in space. It represents vast possibilities that could be released as sound through the use of chance operations. For this reason Cage’s organ music occupies a small but quite important place within his output.

For Some of “The Harmony of Maine” Cage selected 18th-century hymns by American composer Supply Belcher and altered them by extending certain tones and removing others through chance operations so as to attenuate the functional harmony underlying them. Here and there, melodic fragments from the original hymns remain.

The 1978 and 1987 works were written for the German organist Gerd Zacher, an important champion of new music for the instrument.

American organist Gary Verkade, a student of Gerd Zacher, is on the faculty of the Musikhögskola in Piteå, Sweden. He has appeared at major festivals and concerts throughout Europe and the USA. Verkade was one of the registrants in the first German performance of Some of “The Harmonyof Maine”.

Includes trilingual booklet with essay by Cage specialist Rob Haskins.

The spectacular Gammelstad organ and its acoustic is captured in surround sound with Tim Chu’s painterly films of the organist performing with up to six registrants, as required for some of the pieces.

DVD BONUSES:
- Gary Verkade, a champion of new organ music, discusses performing Cage on the organ, how “chance” is applied to the performances and gives musical examples (31 minutes).
- A video performance of 4'33" performed on the organ by Gary Verkade
- Dolby 5.1 and DTS 24-bit 5.1 sound, plus Dolby stereo
- Full video

Also available as a 2-CD set.

(Click on a track title to listen)
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    1
    Souvenir
     
    06:50
  • 1
    2
    Some of 'The Harmony of Maine' (Supply Belcher) 1. Alpha C.M.
     
    01:35
  • 1
    3
    Some of 'The Harmony of Maine' (Supply Belcher) 2. Majesty C.M.
     
    03:29
  • 1
    4
    Some of 'The Harmony of Maine' (Supply Belcher) 3. Harmony C.M.
     
    03:30
  • 1
    5
    Some of 'The Harmony of Maine' (Supply Belcher) 4. Creation L.M.
     
    01:50
  • 1
    6
    Some of 'The Harmony of Maine' (Supply Belcher) 5. Hallowell S.M.
     
    03:50
  • 1
    7
    Some of 'The Harmony of Maine' (Supply Belcher) 6. Advent C.M.
     
    04:22
  • 1
    8
    Some of 'The Harmony of Maine' (Supply Belcher) 7. Turner L.M.
     
    01:26
  • 1
    9
    Some of 'The Harmony of Maine' (Supply Belcher) 8. Sunday C.M. ?
     
    01:08
  • 1
    10
    Some of 'The Harmony of Maine' (Supply Belcher) 9. St. John’s C.M.
     
    01:02
  • 1
    11
    Some of 'The Harmony of Maine' (Supply Belcher) I0. Invitation L.M.
     
    06:30
  • 1
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    Some of 'The Harmony of Maine' (Supply Belcher) II. Transmigration
     
    10:24
  • 1
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    Some of 'The Harmony of Maine' (Supply Belcher) 12. Chester L.M.
     
    01:05
  • 1
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    Some of 'The Harmony of Maine' (Supply Belcher) 13. The Lilly P.M.
     
    02:25
  • 1
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    ASLSP
     
    23:02
  • 1
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    Organ2/ASLSP
     
    32:56
  • 1
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    4'33'
     
    06:16
  • 1
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    Gary Verkade on Cage's Organ Works
     
    30:00
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    Gary Verkade on Cage's Organ Works
     
    30:00

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