|Praise And Be Prepared!||20040118||From LSO St.|
The BBC Symphony Orchestra's annual January Composer Weekend turns the attention on the American maverick and original, John Cage - composer, writer, artist and mushroom expert! John Cage's earliest musical experiences included hearing his Aunt Marge singing in church.
The BBC Symphony Chorus presents praise American-fashion - interspersed with some of Cage's pieces for prepared piano, and a Cage world premiere.
Presented by John Tusa.
Henry Billings: Let tyrants shake their iron rod (Tune: Chester) Virgil Thomson: Four Southern Hymns Alan Hovhaness: Psalm 143: Hear my prayer, O Lord Op 149 Charles Ives: Psalm 67 Randall Thompson: Alleluia Aaron Copland: In the Beginning Deborah Miles-Johnson (mezzo soprano) Cage: Variations 1 for Stephen Montague Cage: Selection from Sonatas and Interludes Rolf Hind (piano) BBC Symphony Chorus Stephen Jackson (conductor) / Cage And The New York School Live from the Barbican.
The New York School was the group of composers who gathered around Cage in the 1950s.
Alongside music by three of them are Cage's own infamous Concerto for Prepared Piano, and Apartment House, written for the bicentenary of the American Declaration of Independence.
Part 1: Morton Feldman: Madame Press died last week at ninety (1970) Christian Wolff: Spring (1995) John Cage: Concerto for Prepared Piano (1950-51) Ralph van Raat (piano) London Sinfonietta David Porcelijn (conductor) / Cage And The New York School: John Tusa concludes the live Barbican concert, with performances of Earle Brown's Centering (1973), featuring violinist Clio Gould, and Cage's Apartment House (1976).
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