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Birdcage: 73'20.958'' for a Composer - A Film Collage by Hans G. Helms

Release Date: 09/12/2016 
Label:  Wergo   Catalog #: 8065  
Composer:  Hans G. HelmsJohn Cage
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

By releasing the DVD “Birdcage: 73'20.958" for a Composer”, WERGO presents another highlight among the releases marking the composer's 100th birthday:

The legendary film collage, created in 1972 on commission of WDR and SWR on the occasion of the 60th birthday of John Cage and premiered at the Donaueschingen Music Festival, paints an extraordinary picture of Cage the Artist, of his musical and extra-musical thinking, his character and his remarkable oeuvre. The cinematographic composition, which is released here in the unabridged original version for the first time, was realized by the composer and writer Hans G Helms.

Helms assembled various film materials into a special kind of mosaic: Historical
Read more flashbacks, biographical milestones and music recordings are complemented by original commentaries of the composer's contemporaries, companions and friends, such as Carolyn Brown, Philip Corner, Merce Cunningham, Teeny Duchamp, Don Gillespie, Doris Hays, Frederic Rzewski, Grete Sultan, Margaret Tan, David Tudor, Yoko Ono, John Lennon, and Paul Zukofsky. The twittering of birds – symbol of the aesthetically unintentional and basic material of Cage's tape composition “Birdcage” – runs like a thread through the film, forming its musical basis.

Produced by IFAGE on behalf of Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Köln, and Südwestfunk, Baden-Baden, 1972.

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Works on This Recording

Birdcage: 73'20.958" for a Composer, a film collage by Hans G. Helms
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Germany 
Bird Cage; Excerpt(s) by John Cage
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 

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