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Musical Outsiders: An American Legacy (1994)

American composers have long struggled against the momentum of the Western European classical tradition and the prestige it has held in America's cultural life. Featuring Harry Partch, Lou ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Blackwood

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Cast

Credited cast:
Werner Bartschi Werner Bartschi ... Himself
William Colvig William Colvig ... Himself
Dean Drummond Dean Drummond ... Himself
Betty Freeman Betty Freeman ... Herself
David Harrington David Harrington ... Himself
Lou Harrison Lou Harrison ... Himself
Danlee Mitchell Danlee Mitchell ... Himself
Pran Nath Pran Nath ... Himself
Tom O'Horgan Tom O'Horgan ... Himself
Harry Partch Harry Partch ... Himself (archive footage)
Terry Riley Terry Riley ... Himself
Adolf Wolfli Adolf Wolfli ... Himself
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American composers have long struggled against the momentum of the Western European classical tradition and the prestige it has held in America's cultural life. Featuring Harry Partch, Lou Harrison and Terry Riley, Musical Outsiders: An American Legacy addresses the freedom desired by the musicians and their efforts to gain recognition and opportunities while existing outside of the mainstream. When asked about his creative process, Terry Riley offered the following thought, "There's always an endless frontier in music, because we're dealing here with a person's soul, you're dealing with something that's very basic, it's a spiritual element." (Terry Riley). Together the featured artists offer a deeper understanding of their alternative musical pursuits and how they have affected American culture. Written by Michael Blackwood Productions

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1994 (USA) See more »

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Terry Riley: There's always an endless frontier in music, because we're dealing here with a person's soul, you're dealing with something that's very basic, it's a spiritual element, and so it's not all done because everybody is different. So when a new person- when someone is young and they see the frontiers of music differently than we did and they will hear things we didn't hear. What's going to be happening, I don't know how music will develop. But I feel like all the young musicians I know love it just ...
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