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Robert Ashley

Author: Peter GreenawayRevel GuestBlue Gene TyrannyPeter GordonCarlota SchoolmanAll authors
Publisher: New York : Mystic Fire Video, ©1989.
Series: 4 American composers, 4.
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape   Visual material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Robert Ashley has updated and transformed the face of opera. In this imaginative and engrossing video, he performs the first opera of its kind -- Perfect Lives, a work created exclusively for Television. Although it draws on inherited traditions of American music, Perfect Lives is the start of a new musical genre, a break in the musical customs of how images and sound go together in dramatic form. Its seven episodes  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentaries and factual films and video
Named Person: Robert Ashley; Robert Ashley
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Greenaway; Revel Guest; Blue Gene Tyranny; Peter Gordon; Carlota Schoolman; John Sandborn; Jane Chrzanowska; Bert Walker; Garth Marshall; John Wilson; Robert Ashley; Mystic Fire Video, Inc.; Channel Four (Great Britain); Transatlantic Films, Ltd.
OCLC Number: 31886288
Notes: Originally produced in 1983.
Credits: Performance version of Perfect Lives (Privacy rules) produced by Performing Artservices, Inc. and The Kitchen, New York City. Director, Robert Ashley ; harmonic and melodic soundtrack, "Blue" Gene Tyranny ; music producer and live electronics, Peter Gordon ; television producer, Carlota Schoolman ; video director, cameraman, editor, John Sandborn ; research, Jane Chrzanowska ; rostrum camera, Bert Walker ; sound, Garth Marshall ; film editor, John Wilson.
Performer(s): Robert Ashley, et al.
Event notes: This film on Robert Ashley is based on a series of live performances of Perfect Lives (Privacy rules), an opera for television in seven episodes, recorded at the Almeida Theatre, Islington, London.
Description: 1 videocassette (60 min.) : sound, color ; 1/2 in.
Details: VHS.
Series Title: 4 American composers, 4.
Responsibility: a Transatlantic Films production for Channel Four Television ; produced by Revel Guest ; directed by Peter Greenaway.

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Robert Ashley has updated and transformed the face of opera. In this imaginative and engrossing video, he performs the first opera of its kind -- Perfect Lives, a work created exclusively for Television. Although it draws on inherited traditions of American music, Perfect Lives is the start of a new musical genre, a break in the musical customs of how images and sound go together in dramatic form. Its seven episodes are: The Park, The Supermarket, The Bank, The Bar, The Living Room, The Church, and The Backyard.

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