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Four American Composers (1983)

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This is a 4 pieces documentary that follow 4 different contemporary composers performing/creating/building theirs shows. Peter Greenaway lead us, with a great sense of balance between the ... See full summary »

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Robert Ashley
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This is a 4 pieces documentary that follow 4 different contemporary composers performing/creating/building theirs shows. Peter Greenaway lead us, with a great sense of balance between the performances and the interviews, through the creative process of 4 very different composers in style (sound and noise, repetition and discipline, vocal experimentation, poetry and musical freedom) who are all framed under the same musical genre. Contemporary music. Great way to get introduce to this music and get to understand how much of it it's intelectual or playful. Written by Gica Labé

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Not Greenaway
29 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

I was able to gain access to only two of the 4 one-hour segments, those on Monk and Ashley. I believe them to be representative. I viewed them looking for Greenaway magic. Now that's too bad because I know the work of Cage and Glass, and have some appreciation of them. Of Monk and Albert, I can only report that they require someone more attuned than I to fashion in the art world. I suspect these two have already been forgotten.

The presentation is TeeVee documentary, recording the artists' performances (several in the case of Monk). All the art here is that of the documented artist, not of the filmmaker. So if you are looking for Greenaway, don't waste your time.


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