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Ravel

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Examines Maurice Ravel's life and career through interviews with colleagues and friends. Representations of his work are heard throughout the film.
VHS
1988
Ivy (By Request)
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Juxtapositions: Boulez Éclat - Sur Incises [electronic resource]

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Éclat is a real study of resonance written for fifteen instruments Pierre Boulez created in 1965, a glittering jewel of tightness and rationality, a riotously colorful mixture of open-form freedom and serialist order. Eclat (meaning "to burst out") is a kind of "concerto for conductor," where the musicians in the ensemble play semi-improvisational material prescribed within boxes in Boulez's score. Given this material, the conductor "composes" and controls the work via an elaborate and complex series of cues, directing the content of the music and deciding which musicians play when, as well as what they play. In A Lesson with Pierre Boulez, the composer explains with warmth, modesty and infectious enthusiasm, the hidden architecture of Sur Incises, one of his most recent works, to a [...]
Online
2000
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Maurice Ravel [electronic resource]: The Colour of Music

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This episode of Whole Notes: Stories Behind the Classics is about Maurice Ravel.
Online
1999
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Frederic Chopin [electronic resource]: The Piano Man

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This episode of Whole Notes: Stories Behind the Classics is about Frederic Chopin.
Online
2001
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Pierre Henry, Ou, L'art des Sons [electronic resource]

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In Pierre Henry The Art of Sounds, we follow him as he brandishes his boom on which two microphones are mounted in search of a sound in the Coulfe Verte, in Paris. We are brought forty years back to Bordeaux where people are leaving the 'Concert couche'.
Online
2006
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Satiesfictions: Promenades With Erik Satie

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Always armed with a melon, umbrella and wisecracks, he is not only on the outside the strangest fellow in French music history: Erik Satie was a composer, designer, church founder, PR pioneer and master of aperçus. In playful episodes the documentary "Satiesfictions" by Youlian Tabakov and Anne-Kathrin Peitz illuminates the phenomenon that is Satie: His countless ads evolve into real commercials and his drawings into cartoons. Interwoven with accounts by Satie associates and music experts, the film offers a unique insight into Satie's cosmos of word and sound, featuring divas, dogs, and children, pianists playing on pianos stacked atop each other or performers turning into "musical furniture".
Online
2015
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Maurice Ravel

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The DVD documentary introduces us to the world of French composer Maurice Ravel through one of his most lovely works, String Quartet in F major. The film presents a series of four dance segments interspersed with documentary vignettes. The choreographies correspond to the four movements comprising the work and recreate key elements of the French composer's life. Drawing on archival documents, the vignettes offer a brief biography of Ravel.
DVD
2006
Clemons (Stacks)