The John Cage Edition Vol. 47: The Complete Organ Works - "The Harmony of Maine"; Souvenir; ASLSP, Organ2/ASLSP / Gary Verkade, organ

Album Summary

>Cage, John : Souvenir, for organ
>Cage, John : Some of "The Harmony of Maine" (Supply Belcher), for organ & 6 assistants
>Cage, John : ASLSP, for piano
>Cage, John : Organ2/ASLSP
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The organ is ideally suited to Cage's aesthetic - its multiple of stops make it the ultimate prepared instrument. And the fact that sound emanates from a number of pipes placed at discrete locations in space nicely accords with Cage's idea of the separation of sounds in space. It represents vast possibilities that could be re released as sound through the use of chance operations. For this reason Cage's organ music occupies a small but quite important place within his output.

For Some of "The Harmony of Maine" Cage selected 18th-century hymns by American composer Supply Belcher and altered them b y extending certain tones and removing others through chance operations so as to attenuate the functional harmony underlying them. Here and there, melodic fragments from the original hymns remain.

The 1978 and 1987 works were written for the German organist Gerd Zacher, an important champion of new music for the instrument.

American organist Gary Verkade, a student of Gerd Zacher, is on the faculty of the Musikhogskola in Pitea, Sweden. He has appeared at major festivals and concerts throughout Europ and the USA. Verkade was one of the registrants in the first German performance of Some of "The Harmony of Maine".

Includes booklet with essay by Cage specialist Rob Haskins.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Nederluleå Church, Gammelstad, Sweden (2007-11-08&2007-11-09&2007-).



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Works Details

>Cage, John : Souvenir, for organ
  • Performer: Gary Vèrkade (Organ)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1984

>Cage, John : Some of "The Harmony of Maine" (Supply Belcher), for organ & 6 assistants
  • Performer: Gary Vèrkade (Organ)
  • Running Time: 39 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1978

>Cage, John : ASLSP, for piano
  • Performer: Gary Vèrkade (Organ)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1985

>Cage, John : Organ2/ASLSP
  • Performer: Gary Vèrkade (Organ)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1987