Peter Greenaway - 4 American Composers 2DVD 23932
[Les Films du Paradoxe]

Peter Greenaway - 4 American Composers 2DVD 23932
230 minute portrait of Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, Robert Ashley, John Cage. "'Based on London performances under the aegis of the New York/Almeida Festival, this set of four one-hour documentaries, originally produced in 1983, introduced these avant-garde composers and their music to general audiences. Compared to Meredith Monk and Robert Ashley, John Cage and Philip Glass are household names, yet their relative fame frequently turns on the persistence of misconceptions. All too often, even scholars who might be expected to know better, portray Cage as either charlatan or nihilist. Critics in the 1980s tagged Glass's music as classical music for people who don't like classical music, suggesting his shrewd exploitation of the yuppie market. Director Peter Greenaway and producer Revel Guest weave representative musical excerpts with interviews to present the personalities more accurately, and, in so doing, establishes a broader context for listening. Perhaps the most striking revelation of these documentaries is that such notorious iconoclasts are so soft-spoken in person (compared to the shy, halting Ashley, the loquacious Monk seems downright assertive).' 1983. DVD Pal zone 2."