By Peter Dickinson
John Cage used to be considered one of America's most famed composers from the Forties until eventually his demise in 1992. yet he was once additionally a much-admired author and artist, and a uniquely appealing character in a position to current his principles engagingly anyplace he went. As an interview topic he was once a consummate professional.
The major resource of CageTalk: Dialogues with and approximately John Cage is a panoply of brilliant and compulsively readable interviews given to Peter Dickinson within the overdue Eighties for a BBC Radio three documentary. the unique BBC application lasted an hour, however the complete discussions with Cage and lots of of the most figures attached with him weren't released until eventually the 1st version of this book.
CageTalk additionally comprises previous BBC interviews with Cage, together with ones by way of the well known literary critic Frank Kermode and paintings critic David Sylvester. And Dickinson, the editor of this quantity, contributes little-known resource fabric approximately Cage's Musicircus and Roaratorio in addition to a considerable creation exploring the a number of roles that Cage's assorted and demanding output performed in the course of a lot of the 20th century and maintains to play within the early twenty-first.
Apart from the lengthy interview with Cage himself, there are discussions with Bonnie chicken, Earle Brown, Merce Cunningham, Minna Lederman, Otto Luening, Jackson Mac Low, Peadar Mercier, Pauline Oliveros, John Rockwell, Kurt Schwertsik, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Virgil Thomson, David Tudor, los angeles Monte younger, and Paul Zukovsky. many of the interviews got to Peter Dickinson yet there are others concerning Rebecca Boyle, Anthony Cheevers, Michael Oliver, and Roger Smalley.
Peter Dickinson, British composer and pianist, is Emeritus Professor, college of Keele and collage of London, and has written or edited numerous books approximately twentieth-century tune, together with Copland Connotations [Boydell Press, 2002] and The song of Lennox Berkeley [Boydell Press, 2003].
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Extra info for CageTalk: Dialogues with and about John Cage (Eastman Studies in Music)
I did it first on paper with the Music of Changes. 15. The three volumes of Das Neue Klavierbuch (Mainz: B. Schott’s Söhne’s, 1927–29) were brought to Cage’s attention by John Kirkpatrick in Paris. ” Duckworth, Talking Music: Conversations with John Cage, Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, and Five Generations of American Experimental Composers (New York: Da Capo, 1995), 7. However, the volumes contain nothing by Satie or Schoenberg. , MUSICAGE: Cage Muses on Words Art Music (Hanover, NH: Wesleyan University Press and University of New England Press, 1996), 84, Cage still thought there were pieces by Satie and Schoenberg in these volumes.
I wonder how that happened. I don’t have the least idea. What amused me was that the first essay you wrote in her style got an A and the second one failed! Right. That was good Zen teaching! [laughs] That time when you were in France and around Europe you were writing poems and painting. What happened to these? I sent the poems as letters to my mother and father. ” [laughs] He wanted real information. What about the paintings? In view of your later career in graphics, how interesting they would be if we could see them.
My principal contribution to the Cage piece, as I recall, was an eight-orbit circumnavigation of the audience at breakneck speed while playing the highest note of my accordion. ’ I remember the night as electric, a capacity crowd, turning away almost as many as sat in a rather sweaty theater. qxd 38 PD JC PD JC PD JC PD JC 6/8/06 ❧ 2:25 PM Page 38 cage and friends composers to come to Dallas to tell them how to improvise, and then they give concerts. Anyway. Is it Bob Price, the marvelous clarinetist, with a beautiful wife whose last name is Tree?