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BIRDCAGE / 73'20.958'' for a Composer

film collage by Hans G Helms (1972)
Product number: MV 8065
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By releasing the DVD “Birdcage: 73'20.958" for a Composer”, WERGO presents another highlight among the releases marking the composer's 100th birthday:

The legendary film collage, created in 1972 on commission of WDR and SWR on the occasion of the 60th birthday of John Cage and premiered at the Donaueschingen Music Festival, paints an extraordinary picture of Cage the Artist, of his musical and extra-musical thinking, his character and his remarkable oeuvre. The cinematographic composition, which is released here in the unabridged original version for the first time, was realized by the composer and writer Hans G Helms.

Helms assembled various film materials into a special kind of mosaic: Historical flashbacks, biographical milestones and music recordings are complemented by original commentaries of the composer's contemporaries, companions and friends, such as Carolyn Brown, Philip Corner, Merce Cunningham, Teeny Duchamp, Don Gillespie, Doris Hays, Frederic Rzewski, Grete Sultan, Margaret Tan, David Tudor, Yoko Ono, John Lennon, and Paul Zukofsky. The twittering of birds – symbol of the aesthetically unintentional and basic material of Cage's tape composition “Birdcage” – runs like a thread through the film, forming its musical basis.

Produced by IFAGE on behalf of Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Köln, and Südwestfunk, Baden-Baden, 1972.

Language: English/German
Sound format: Mono
Disk type: DVD 5
Country code: (0) PAL / NTSC
Length: ca. 73 min


BIRDCAGE | 73'20.958'' for a Composer
film collage by Hans G Helms (1972)


Manfred Grater, Hans G Helms, Khrie Helms, John Cage, Maro Ajemian, David Tudor, Merce Cunningham, Carolyn Brown, Arnold H. Ebstein, Don Gillespie, Edna Golandsky, Doris Hays, Carla Hubner, Mimi Johnson, Jeanne Kirstein, John Lennon, Lois Long, Tatiana Mardikian, Stephen Mayer, Margaret Nydes, Yoko Ono, Frederic Rzewski, Emily Staempfli, Grete Sultan, Margaret Tan, Katherine Teves, Paul Zukofsky, Louise Basbas, Justin Blasdale, Carlo Carnevali, Joel Chadabe, Philip Corner

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BIRDCAGE / 73'20.958'' for a Composer
film collage by Hans G Helms (1972)
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MV 8065
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