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Music Makes A City (Limited Edition 2-disc Set)

Gunther Schuller , Elliott Carter , Owsley Brown III , Jerome Hiler  |  DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Gunther Schuller, Elliott Carter, Lukas Foss, Will Oldham, Norman Dello Joio
  • Directors: Owsley Brown III, Jerome Hiler
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Studio: Owsley Brown Presents
  • DVD Release Date: May 24, 2011
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004VETNAY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,270 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A singular harmonic convergence is recounted in Music Makes A City, Owsley Brown III and Jerome Hiler s enlightening documentary about how Louisville, KY., became a locus for contemporary music in the mid-20th century. In striking synchronicity, a mayor, a conductor, and a robust postwar generation of composers intersected to make the city a hub for visionary composition --The New York Times

Illuminating... Evocative... captures a region and music engaged in harmonious, dynamic interplay --Nick Schrager, Village Voice

This is much more than the story of a city: it is the story of a whole country s coming of age as a cultural power. --Steven Stucky, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer

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5.0 out of 5 stars Music Makes a City May 31, 2011
Anyone who has wondered what happened to the pure documentary will be struck by the simple elegance and beauty of this scintillating film about an orchestra that pulled the city of Louisville, Kentucky out of the mire of a devastating flood to the forefront of contemporary music in mid-20th century America. The film is a feast of little known musical gems woven into a tableau of unforgettable images surrounding a tale as wild and exciting as any action picture.
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Edit: I am happy to report that this DVD has won the 2012 Gramophone Award Best Documentary!

I had been wondering what makes Louisville a center of contemporary art music. (Well, I haven't found any connection with the Kentucky Derby yet!) It has an orchestra which commissioned and recorded many 20th century music I own, on the label First Edition for example. University of Louisville's School of Music has many world-class composers in its roster of (visiting) faculty. It holds the most prestigious international award for a new music score: Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. This documentary tells an inspiring story.

First, the contents: This DVD box contains 2 discs. Disc one is for the main feature documentary by Owsley Brown III and Jerome Hiler, about 100 minutes in length. Disc two is a bonus disc consisting of more than 2 hours of extended interviews with composers, musicians and related personalities. There is a 22-page booklet, with a 10-page article by Jerome Hiler (one of the directors), as well as comments by Sandra Fralin, Justin Dello Joio (a composer, son of late Norman Dello Joio, composer and Pulitzer Prize winner) and Chou, Wen-chung (composer). Technically, this is NTSC Region-1 coded DVD (U.S. and Canada)(*), with the Dolby Digital sound track.

The main feature documentary tells a story of how Louisville managed to transform itself from a post-Great-Depression flood-devastated city to a center of new music. Along with interesting archival photo, radio and film footage, the film incorporates comments from living composers no less than Elliott Carter, CHOU Wen-Chung, Norman Dello Joio, Lukas Foss, Ned Rorem, Gunther Schuller, Joan Tower, Harold Shapero, among others. Carter, for example, gave an extensive interview (at the age of 100!
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic June 26, 2013
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Bravo! Who knew so much was happening ..what a great man Robert Whitney and his sister cellist grace Whitney.well done!
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