Disc 4 is called Tackling the Monster: Marsalis on Practice.
A pianist's guide to free improvisation: keys to unlocking your creativity by Marilyn Crispell
Call Number: DVD MT68 .P53 2002
Publication Date: 2002
The Museum of Imaginary Musical InstrumentsIn the Museum of Imaginary Musical Instruments -- which exists only online, under a Creative Commons license -- readers will find a panoply of imaginative inventions, from the Torturetron (from the film script of The Adventures of Baron Munchausen) to Les Paul's Les Paulverizer. Readers may like to begin with the about section, which includes a fascinating exegesis of the site's undergirding assumptions, before moving on to the exhibitions. These include spectacles in the general categories of abstract resonators, acousmatic instruments, auditory extensions, giganticism, and others. Each instrument is accompanied by the textual or visual reference from which it was drawn and a concomitant image or explanation. This imaginative site must be seen to be believed.
Beautifully Scary: Contemporary Music in AmericaThis film explores the trends in contemporary music in America over the last half of the 20th century and beyond. Interviews with some of the most influential American composers reveal the circumstances that shaped modern classical music today, and the creative visions that have emerged from it. The film features some of the innovative work being done through short sequences from a variety of ensembles. Interviews with leading performers of this music also reveal the impact that it has had on the fabric of modern American culture.
Speak the Music: Robert Mann and the Mysteries of Chamber MusicRobert Mann has been a vital force in the world of music for more than seventy years. As founder and first violinist of the Julliard String Quartet, and as a soloist, composer, teacher, and conductor, Mann has brought a refreshing sense of adventure and discovery to chamber music performance, master classes, and orchestral performances worldwide. Here, the 93-year-old Mann shares personal anecdotes from his childhood and musical training, archival performance footage, candid interviews, and glimpses into his private lessons with today's most promising violinists. A living legend, Robert Mann is in turn funny, angry, tactful, persistent, and always searching for the most human expression he finds inside the music. The film pulls no punches: Mann describes the dark side of quartet life, including often intense differences with colleagues. Featuring rare rehearsal and dazzling performance excerpts from Mann's 50 years with the Juilliard String Quartet, Speak the Music is at once an exciting insight into the art and personality of a monumental chamber musician, and the story of the growing importance of chamber music in the second half of the 20th century.