Video Variations

1972, 57:53 min, color, sound

In 1972, WGBH commissioned eight visual artists to create video works using the repertoire of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Jackie Cassan, Russell Connor, Douglas Davis, Constantine Manos, James Seawright, Nam June Paik, Stan VanDerBeek and Tsai Wen Ying created experiments with video sculpture, dance, theater and electronic manipulation. With its emblematic image of a burning piano, Paik's contribution — Electronic Opera No. 2 — has become a "classic" in its own right. Featuring the music of Haydn, Ravel, Schoenberg, Bach, Wagner and Beethoven, Video Variations explores the concept of "music video" ten years before MTV.

Produced by WGBH and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Producer/Director: Fred Barzyk. Narrator: Russell Connor.


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