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L' Hexacorde: Ensemble De Guitare (Monsieur Fauteux)


 

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UPC: 771028251025

Label: Monsieur Fauteux
Catalog ID: MFMV 10
Squidco Product Code: 5160

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2004
Country: Canada
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve, not sealed

Personnel:

John Cage

Éric Guérin

Mauricio Kagel

Martin Levasseur

Francis Marcoux

Claude Vivier

L’ Hexacorde

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track listing:


1. Rondena 1:44

2. Rosalie 1:21

3. Ragtime - Waltz 3:08

4. Pulau Dewata 12:16

5. Empreintes Magnolia 3:34

6. Obsmation 6:29

7. First Interludes 3:37

8. Sonate V 1:40

9 In A Landscape 8:21




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Musique Actuelle
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Guitarists, &c.
Avant-Garde
Before April-2006

descriptions, reviews, &c.
"L'Hexacorde favors the contemporary repertoire for classical guitar ensemblee. Throus arrangements, work commissions and premieres, the ensemble explores the potential of this unusual kind of group. The ensemble presents its first album, devoted in part to the premiere recordings of works by Martin Levasseur ("Empreintes magnolia", for electric guitar, four guitars and bass) and Francis Marcoux ("Obstination", for five guitars and bass), along with original arrangements of works by contemporary composers, such as John Cage (excerpts from "Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano", arranged for five prepared guitars and prepared bass), Mauricio Kagel (excerpts from "Rrrrrr…", for five guitars, mandolin and bass) and Claude Vivier ("Pulau Dewata", arranged for four guitars). And L'Hexacorde delivers masterful, refined and passionate interpretations of these pieces."-Monsieur Fateux

Artist Biographies:

"John Milton Cage Jr. (September 5, 1912 - August 12, 1992) was an American composer, music theorist, writer, philosopher, and artist. A pioneer of indeterminacy in music, electroacoustic music, and non-standard use of musical instruments, Cage was one of the leading figures of the post-war avant-garde. Critics have lauded him as one of the most influential American composers of the 20th century. He was also instrumental in the development of modern dance, mostly through his association with choreographer Merce Cunningham, who was also Cage's romantic partner for most of their lives.

Cage is perhaps best known for his 1952 composition 4′33″, which is performed in the absence of deliberate sound; musicians who present the work do nothing aside from being present for the duration specified by the title. The content of the composition is not "four minutes and 33 seconds of silence," as is often assumed, but rather the sounds of the environment heard by the audience during performance. The work's challenge to assumed definitions about musicianship and musical experience made it a popular and controversial topic both in musicology and the broader aesthetics of art and performance. Cage was also a pioneer of the prepared piano (a piano with its sound altered by objects placed between or on its strings or hammers), for which he wrote numerous dance-related works and a few concert pieces. The best known of these is Sonatas and Interludes (1946-48).

His teachers included Henry Cowell (1933) and Arnold Schoenberg (1933-35), both known for their radical innovations in music, but Cage's major influences lay in various East and South Asian cultures. Through his studies of Indian philosophy and Zen Buddhism in the late 1940s, Cage came to the idea of aleatoric or chance-controlled music, which he started composing in 1951. The I Ching, an ancient Chinese classic text on changing events, became Cage's standard composition tool for the rest of his life. In a 1957 lecture, Experimental Music, he described music as "a purposeless play" which is "an affirmation of life - not an attempt to bring order out of chaos nor to suggest improvements in creation, but simply a way of waking up to the very life we're living"."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Cage)
7/21/2017

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