John Cage - Song Books 2CD 24039
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John Cage - Song Books 2CD 24039
2CD digipack + 24 page booklet (including photos, scores and exclusive texts). This is the first ever recording of all of the Solos for Voice contained in Song Books. "The human voice is a magical instrument and John Cage's gargantuan opus, Song Books (Solos for Voice 3-92), is a magnificent homage. These performances by Lore Lixenberg, Gregory Rose, and Robert Worby are a stunning achievement, and this first complete recording makes a welcome (and long overdue) addition to the ever-expanding catalog of Cage's recorded works. Song Books is a collection of 90 'Solos for Voice' that Cagecomposed in 1970. As a theme, he took a line from his diaries: 'We connect Satie with Thoreau'. Satie being the eccentric French composer Erik Satie, whom Cage greatly admired. And Thoreau, the American writer who lived alone in the woods writing about nature and his own type of anarchy. Any number of the Solos may be performed by any number of people, in any order, selected by chance operations. Songs and theatre and electronics mash up Fluxus-like food events, amplified board games, electroacoustic voices, 'animal heads' and intense feedback. Cage says that 'a virtuoso performance will include a wide variety of styles of singing and vocal production."

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