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Cage, John

A Cage Of Saxophones: The Works for Saxophone 2

Cage, John: A Cage Of Saxophones: The Works for Saxophone 2 (Mode Records)


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UPC: 764593016021

Label: Mode Records
Catalog ID: 160CD
Squidco Product Code: 6299

Format: CD
Condition: Sale (New)
Released: 2006
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray


Ulrich Krieger-saxophones, concept, direction

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Sonata for Two Voices (1933)

soprano and tenor saxophones

Sonata (Allegro) (1:16)

Fugato (Lento) (2:18)

Rondo (Tempo Primo) (1:09)

Atlas Eclipticalis (1961) (24:15)*

(from the pages 193-204 of the orchestral parts of 'Atlas Eclipticalis')

3 soprano saxophones, electronics

Composition for Three Voices (1934) (5:02)

soprano saxophone, accordion, cello

Solo for Baritone Saxophone (1957-58) (12:08)*

(from the pages 145-156 of the orchestral parts of 'Concert for Piano and Orchestra')

baritone saxophone

Solo with obbligato accompaniment of two voices in canon, and six short inventions on the subjects of the solo (1933)

alto saxophone, Bb clarinet, english horn

Solo with obbligato accompaniment of two voices in canon (9:04)

Invention 1 (0:53)

Invention 2 (0:24)

Invention 3 (1:45)

Invention 4 (0:41)

Invention 5 (1:28)

Invention 6 (1:24)

Two (1987) (10:05)*

soprano saxophone, piano

* first recordings

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July 2006
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"Ulrich Krieger follows up his successful A Cage of Saxophones 1 volume with the second installment of Cage works for saxophone(s), spanning a period of over 50 years. For this volume, Krieger combines works specifically composed for saxophone with works of no specified instrumentation that are suited for saxophones and winds.

This CD collects three rarely heard early works, all written without indications for specific instruments. Krieger has arranged them here for his ensemble of saxophones and other instruments. For the middle period works, Krieger has excerpted the solo instrumental parts related to saxophones from the scores to Concert for Piano and Orchestra and Atlas Eclipticalis - Cage permitted the option for the various instrumental parts to be performed as solos.

The late works are covered by Two, originally composed for flute and piano, here premiered in the Cage sanctioned version for saxophone.

Acclaimed German saxophonist Ulrich Krieger studied classical/contemporary saxophone, composition, and electronic music at the Hochschule der Kčnste (Berlin) and the Manhattan School of Music (New York). Since 1990 he works freelance as interpreter, improviser, composer, and rock musician. He worked with leading artists such as LaMonte Young, Phill Niblock, David First, Lee Ranaldo, Elliott Sharp, Mario Bertoncini, Merzbow, and many others."-Mode Records

Artist Biographies:

"Ulrich Krieger is well known as a saxophone player in contemporary composed and free improvised music as well as a composer of chamber music and electronic music.

His recent focus lies in the experimental fields and fringes of contemporary Pop culture: somewhere in the limbo between Noise and Heavy Metal, Ambient and Silence.

His original compositions go back and forth between Just Intonation, Silent Music, Noise, Instrumental Electronic, often asking for elaborate amplification, and works in the limbo of Rock culture - not accepting stylistic boundaries.

Krieger developed his own, often amplified style of saxophone playing, he calls 'acoustic electronics'. He uses refined acoustic, quasi-electronic sounds, which then get processed, the saxophone often becoming more an 'analogue sampler' rather than a traditional finger-virtuoso instrument. By amplifying his instrument in various ways, he gets down to the 'grains of the sounds', changing their identity and structure from within.

Ulrich Krieger was commissioned to write works for: Soldier String Quartet, oh-ton ensemble, Ensemble United Berlin, KontraTrio, zeitkratzer, Ensemble Experimente, Seth Josel, intersax, Text of Light, and others. His compositions are widely performed by ensembles in Europe and the USA.

He has managed to transcribe and arrange Lou Reeds infamous 'Metal Machine Music', everybody thought impossible to do, for classical instruments, performed by zeitkratzer and other groups.

He also arranged works by Merzbow, Throbbing Gristle, Deicide, Terry Riley, Henry Cowell and others for chamber ensemble.

He collaborates with: Lou Reed, LaMonte Young, Phill Niblock, Text of Light, Lee Ranaldo, Phill Niblock, John Duncan, Zbigniew Karkowski, Merzbow, Thomas Köner, DJ Olive, Christian Marclay, Kasper T Toeplitz, Antoine Beuger, Radu Malfatti, Mario Bertoncini, Michiko Hirayama, Miriam Marbe, Hans-Joachim Hespos, Ensemble Modern, Berliner Philharmoniker, Soldier String Quartet, zeitkratzer, just to name a few.

Krieger has received prizes, grants and residencies from: Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg, Villa Aurora Los Angeles, Deutsches Studienzentrum Venedig e.V., Akademie der Künste Berlin, 'Meet-the-Composer' Forum New York, DAAD, Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, and many others.

He lived in Berlin and New York, and was 'Composer-in-Residence' in Los Angeles, Rom, Venice, Bologna, and Townsville (Australia).

He studied saxophone, composition and electronic music at the UdK Berlin (University of the Arts) and the Manhattan School of Music New York and performed with orchestras like: Berliner Philharmoniker, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester, Rundfunk-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ensemble Modern, Musikfabrik, and many more.

Since 2007 he lives in Southern California, where he is associate professor for the composition faculty at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles."

-Ulrich Krieger Website (

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