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Brown, Earle: Tracer [DVD] (Mode Records)


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NTSC; Region 0; 5.0 Surround: Doldy Digital & DTS; Aspect Ratio 4:3 (music) widescreen (interview); Running Time 1 Hour 51 Minutes

UPC: 764593017998

Label: Mode Records
Catalog ID: MODE 179DVD
Squidco Product Code: 8142

Format: DVD
Condition: New
Released: 2007
Country: USA
Packaging: DVD snap case

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Tracer for ensemble and 4-channel tape (1985) (13:24)
for flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, violin, cello, bass

Folio (1952-54)
October (1952) (0:51)
for pianos
November (1952) (2:08)
for voice, 2 violins, viola, cello, saxophone, trumpet, trombone,
December (1952) (3:36)
for voice, saxophone, trumpet
March MM = 87 (0:48)
March MM = 135 (0:27)
for piano, vibraphone
March (1953) (1:53)
for violin, cello, piano
"Trio for Five Dancers" (June 1953) (1:02)
for violin, cello, piano

Special Events (1999) (18:34)
for cello, piano

Octet 1 (1953) (3:29)
for 8-channel tape

Music for Violin, Cello & Piano (1952) (3:04)
for 8-channel tape

Four Systems (1954) (4:00)
for voice, 2 violins, viola, cello, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, percussion

String Quartet (1965) (11:38)

New Piece (1971) (6:24)
for voice, 2 violins, viola, cello, bass, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, 2 pianos, percussion

For Neil (1975) (1:59)
for violin
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"Earle Brown belonged to a group of composers that today is referred to as the The New York School (the group active in New York in the 1950s that included Brown, John Cage, Morton Feldman, and Christian Wolff.) The works recorded on this disc represent several of Brown's compositional styles. At least one piece was selected from every decade of his career, from the 1950s to the 1990s. The ensemble size varies from one player to fourteen. Performers include Christian Wolff and vocalist Joan La Barbara, both of whom knew and worked with Brown for many years.

Brown first encountered the work of Alexander Calder in 1948, whose mobile sculptures Brown saw as a visual embodiment of the variable (impermanent) aesthetic that he was striving to create. This "Calder aesthetic" stayed with Brown throughout his several stylistic shifts. Whether he was writing twelve-tone serial music (Music for Violin, Cello, and Piano), conceptual graphic scores (Folio and Four Systems), composed material/open form scores (String Quartet, New Piece and Tracer), or "spontaneously composed" music (Special Events), all of his music shares Calder's sense of integral but "floating" variations, which Brown described as, "the construction of units and their placement in a flexible situation that subjects the original relationships to constant and virtually unpredictable, but inherent, change (the movement of the units as well as the movement of the viewer)."

Several works call for spatialized ensembles spread throughout the hall, perfect for the surround-sound medium. The classic tape piece "Octet" is presented in new high-resolution transfers from analogue tapes provided by The Earle Brown Foundation in its 4-channel mix by the composer.

The release of this DVD marks Ne(x)tworks' recorded debut. Ne(x)tworks is a collaborative ensemble of musicians creating and interpreting work that features a dynamic relationship between composition and improvisation. In performance and recordings, the group locates pathways into various types of notation systems and interfaces, striving for a meaningful dialogue with the past, present, and future of creative music.

Inclues a 36-minute video interview with Susan Sollins (Brown's wife and an expert on his music), Cornelius Dufallo (founder of the Ne(x)tworks ensemble and Brown's godson), and Micah Silver (former director of The Earle Brown Foundation) on Earle Brown's life and work. The interview, filmed in HD (high-definition) is presented in 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio."-Mode Records

NTSC; Region 0; 5.0 Surround: Doldy Digital & DTS; Aspect Ratio 4:3 (music) widescreen (interview); Running Time 1 Hour 51 Minutes
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May 2007
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