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Harpist Gabriele Emde began performing contemporary music by exceptional 20th century artists in the early 80s; in this collection recorded from 1985 to 1987 she presents one of Cage's "Landscape" pieces, a major work by Hans Otte, and several short pieces by Lou Harrison.

Emde, Gabriele
Die Natur der Klange: Neue Musik fur Harfe

Emde, Gabriele : Die Natur der Klange: Neue Musik fur Harfe (Edition Rz)

Label: Edition Rz    
Released in: Germany    

"Gabriele Emde-Hauffe was born in 1953 in Darmstadt. She received a humanistic education at a local grammar school in Darmstadt and started studying the harp after her A-levels first in Darmstadt and finished later in Cologne. Conducted by Peter Eotvos she worked out modern chamber music and modern improvisation by J. G. Fritsch and V. Globokar.

Passing her exams in 1980 and 1981, she continued her studies of musical science at Cologne University based on her thesis "The Harp between Myth and Reality". From 1981 to 1983 she was a member of "Die Junge Deutsche Philharmonie" and of "Ensemble Modern", collaborated on productions of contemporary music with "Ensemble-Koln" and "Ensemble 13" as well as "NDR-Symphonieorchester Hamburg". She performed the solo harp at various international festivals, among them many premieres, international radio, TV and record productions. By invitation of the Goethe-Institute, she went on a tour of North America in 1982 presenting Walter Zimmermann's works and excelled in concerts in South Korea.

Gabriele Emde-Hauffe has been performing contemporary music by Berio, Boulez, Cage, Globokar, N. A. Huber, Schoenberg, Stockhausen, Webern, I. Yun, B. A. Zimmermann and W. Zimmermann. Until 1992 she taught harp classes in Cologne and Dusseldorf. Since 1991 she has been teaching her private harp class in Darmstadt."-Edition RZ

"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"."

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Includes 20 page booklet with text in English and German.

UPC: 4029455200069

Label: Edition Rz
Catalog ID: RZ 20006
Squidco Product Code: 21489

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: Germany
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold w/ Booklet
Track 1 recorded at WDR in Koln, Germany on October 30th, 1986 by Otto Georg Fries.

Tracks 2-6 recorded at Cornet-Studio in Koln-Junkersdorf, Germany on December 15th, 1985 by Wolfgang Hirschmann.

Tracks 7-10 recorded at WDR in Koln, Germany on Janurary 27th, 1987.


Gabriele Emde-harp

John Cage-composer

Hans Otte-composer

Lou Harrison-composer

Thomas Witzmann-drums

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Track Listing:

1. In A Landscape Fur Harfe Solo 9:16

2. Wassermann-Musik Fur Harfe 1 7:44

3. Wassermann-Musik Fur Harfe 2 9:00

4. Wassermann-Musik Fur Harfe 3 3:36

5. Wassermann-Musik Fur Harfe 4 7:11

6. Wassermann-Musik Fur Harfe 5 11:50

7. From Music for Bill And Me 3:04

8. Beverly's Troubadour Piece 2:21

9. Avalokiteshvara 2:32

10. Jahla 2:20