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Cage: Works for Percussion, Vol. 4 / Whiting, Otte [Blu-ray]

Cage / Whiting / Otte
Release Date: 05/19/2017 
Label:  Mode   Catalog #: 296  
Composer:  John CageAllen Otte
Performer:  Bonnie WhitingAllen Otte
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

John Cage allowed for some of his works to be combined and performed simultaneously. Percussionist Bonnie Whiting has created uniquely virtuosic solo-simultaneous realizations of some of these works for "speaking percussionist." 51'15.657" for a speaking percussionist is Whiting's solo-simultaneous realization of all of 45' for a speaker and 27'10.554" for a percussionist. Cage wrote 45' for a speaker to perform himself. He wrote on thirty-two subjects and added a series of gestures (gargling, lighting a match, etc.) to be performed during the delivery. Like the percussion piece, each page is one minute long. Between 1984 and 1987 Cage composed 17 pieces called Music for ____. Any of these pieces can be performed alone Read more or together in any combination. Here Whiting combines one of the percussion versions with the version for voice. Her recital is completed by Cage's two beautiful, classic, early pieces for voice and piano: The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs and A Flower. Here the piano is used as a percussion instrument, never played on the keys but rather knocked and slapped on by th epianist. As in the larger works, Whiting gives a tour de force performance of both parts simultaneously. As a bonus, Whiting's mentor Allen Otte performs his work for speaking pianist/percussionist which is created around works of Cage and utlizing Cage's compositional "tools" for both the music and text. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
A Flower by John Cage
Performer:  Bonnie Whiting (Percussion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; USA 
2.
45’ for a Speaker by John Cage
Performer:  Bonnie Whiting (Percussion)
Period: 20th Century 
3.
27' 10.554" for a Percussionist by John Cage
Performer:  Bonnie Whiting (Percussion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; USA 
4.
Music for... by John Cage
Performer:  Bonnie Whiting (Percussion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984-1988; USA 
5.
The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs by John Cage
Performer:  Bonnie Whiting (Percussion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
6.
Connecting Egypt to Madison through Columbus Ohio, Cage & the History of the American Labor Movement by Allen Otte
Performer:  Allen Otte (Percussion)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2011; United States 

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