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Jupiter's Dance [electronic resource]

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The ghettos of Kinshasa - the devastated capital of a country politically and economically adrift - are filled with many gifted, yet impoverished musicians. Their outstanding talent, humor, and vital energy are their only means of survival. Amongst them, Jupiter, the charismatic leader of the band "Okwess International", acts as our narrator and guide. This local Don Quixote introduces us to the Kinshasa music scene - teenage rappers, handicapped bluesmen, street children, griots and guitar craftsmen - and describes his 20-year struggle to move his songs out of the ghetto.
Online
2007
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Kronos Quartet & Kimmo Pohjohnen - Uniko [electronic resource]

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Kimmo Pohjonen is one of the cutting-edge accordion virtuosi and composers of our time. After having heard a record of Pohjonen's during their concert tour in Finland, the Kronos Quartet, well-known for breaking new musical ground, decided to get in touch with him. The Kronos/Kluster project entitled "Uniko" is a mutually beneficial sonic/visual adventure with this goal: to create never-before-heard-of sounds from accordion and strings. This is a short documentary giving an insight into the collaboration between Kimmo Pohjonen, who has taken the accordion to new dimensions, his Kluster-partner Samuli Kosminen, Finland's sampling guru, and the Kronos quartet.
Online
2007
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Covent Garden Tales Episode 1 [electronic resource]: The Architects' Story

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A documentary about restoring the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden directed by Andy King-Dabbs.
Online
1999
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Boris Berman -- Debussy Pour le Piano [electronic resource]

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Online
2011
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From Zero [electronic resource]: Four Films on John Cage

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The theories and musical works of avant-garde artist John Cage are celebrated by Dutch director Frank Scheffer and collaborator Andrew Culver in this collection of four films. In 19 Questions, the musician fields questions that offer insight into Cage's creative process. Fourteen offers a performance of the Cage composition of the same name as interpreted by the Ives Ensemble, and Paying Attention takes separate audio and video portions of an interview with the artist's and rearranges them to create something entirely new. Lastly, Overpopulation and Art with Ryonji combines a spoken word performance by Cage with one of his musical compositions to striking effect.
Online
2004
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Marilyn Nonken on Triadic Memories [electronic resource]

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Triadic Memories is perhaps more famous for its extraordinary length than for its fascinating content or its sublime psychological impact. An intimate study of pitch and sonority that unfolds gradually and kaleidoscopically over a long duration, the piece is continually regenerative, and its spare material yields an astonishing variety of gestures and combinations. But a subtler aspect of this work is the underlying tension between what happens in the moment and what takes shape on a larger time scale. One is constantly pulled back and forth, from an acute awareness of small, localized changes, to the perception of vast, static cycles; through this shifting of attention, the listener may feel that time is elastic and surprisingly subjective. Without a specified tempo, Triadic Memorie [...]
Online
2004
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Roland Auzet [electronic resource]: Percussion(s)

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Roland Auzet plays Psappha and Rebonds by Iannis Xenakis.
Online
2007
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Spoleto USA [electronic resource]: A Festival Discovers America

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A visit to the Spoleto Festival the year it started a U.S. season in Charleston, SC. Filmed in Spoleto and Charleston.
Online
1977
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A Brief History of Noise [electronic resource]: John Luther Adams and Allen Otte in Conversation

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Includes a one-hour conversation between John Luther Adams and percussionist Allen Otte, recorded in the composer's studio in Alaska.
Online
2005
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Hollywood's Musical Moods [electronic resource]

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Online
2011
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Kalter und Krieg (Classical Music and Cold War) [electronic resource]

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As classical music was considered politically harmless in the former GDR, its education was highly encouraged. The regime quickly discovered its great potential for generating valuable cultural exchange -- as well as much needed hard currency. Classical music "made in the GDR" became an export hit for the regime, thanks to, for example, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and renowned artists like Kurt Masur, Peter Schreier, Franz Konwitschny, Kurt Sanderling and Theo Adam. Through case studies of individuals who lived under the system, "Symphony & Socialism" explores the fates of both the privileged and the non-privileged, and delivers insight into the influence of the political system on artistic life. The film includes interviews with contemporary witnesses [...]
Online
2009
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Michael Nyman in Concert [electronic resource]

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Composer Michael Nyman and his band perform his works.
Online
2010
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Roger Reynolds [electronic resource]: Watershed

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Presentation of two complete works by Roger Reynolds employing computer-manipulated sound spaces. One of the works also has a video component created by film and video artist Ed Emswhiller. Also includes an interview with the composer.
Online
1998
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Gidon Kremer & Kremerata Baltica [electronic resource]: Mozartwoche Salzburg 2002

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Featuring some of the greatest pieces ever composed from Bach to the whole new world of thrilling 20th century works.
Online
2009
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History of the Organ [electronic resource]

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The organ is one of the oldest, most complex musical instruments. The four-part series tells the history of this magnificent instrument, displaying the beauty of the sound it produces, the wealth of music written for it, the craftsmanship involved in building such a complicated and often ornate structure and the wonderful settings in which it has come to reside. This documentary includes musical examples composed for the various periods which best show the advances in its development. The journey takes us from Italy, Spain, Germany and France to discover and listen to the changes that make up the history of this instrument.
Online
2012
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Paul Wittgenstein [electronic resource]

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Paul Wittgenstein, Austrian concert pianist, loses his arm at the age of twenty seven, while serving as an officer in the First World War. Nonetheless, he is set on continuing his career. Major composers, such as Ravel and Strauss write concerts for him, from which he gains international acclaim. Forced to leave Austria by the Nazis, he dies in New York in 1961. Paul's father, Karl Wittgenstein millionaire and chief Austrian "iron and steel baron", determined to have his five sons follow in his footsteps and become industrialists, he does not permit them to pursue artistic careers. Ultimately, he will pay for his intransigence with the lives of his three eldest children who escape their father's authority by committing suicide. Finally, Karl Wittgenstein allows his two remaining sons [...]
Online
2009
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Rattle Conducts [electronic resource]: Carmina Burana Gala Concert From Berlin

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The Gala from Berlin presents the outstanding Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle with Carl Orff's well known Carmina Burana as well as Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 3.
Online
2010
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Ravi Shankar Live in Concert [electronic resource]

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Ravi Shankar performs two ragas (Raga Anandi Kalyan and Raga Rangeela Piloo) in the atmospheric Union Chapel in London, Summer 2002, with his daughter Anoushka and tabla virtuosi Bikram Ghosh and Tanmoy Bose.
Online
2002
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The Story Behind 'Concert Magic' [electronic resource]: Yehudi Menuhin in Conversation With Humphrey Burton

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Exactly 50 years after the creation of the film, "Concert Magic", Yehudi Menuhin and Humphrey Burton view the film in front of cameras. In interviews and conversations Menuhin recalls the origin of the film. The old film moves him very much. His conversation partner Humphrey Burton (director of a number of Leonard Bernstein concerts and an expert on and biographer of Menuhin) draws details regarding the filming of the concert from his interview partner.
Online
2005
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Tetras [electronic resource]

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The JACK Quartet performs Xenakis' Tetras string quartet.
Online
2009