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Musicage : Cage muses on words, art, music

Author: John Cage; Joan Retallack
Publisher: Hanover, NH : Wesleyan University Press : University Press of New England, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Joan Retallack's conversations with Cage represent the first consideration of his artistic production in its entirety, across genres. Informed by the perspective of age, Cage's comments range freely from his theories of chance and indeterminate composition to his long-time collaboration with Merce Cunningham to the aesthetics of his multi-media works. A composer for whom the whole world - with its brimming silences  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Entretiens
Named Person: John Cage; John Cage; John Cage
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Cage; Joan Retallack
ISBN: 0819552852 9780819552853
OCLC Number: 32591051
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xlvii, 360 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Words. Art is either a complaint or do something else / John Cage ; Cage's loft, New York City, September 6-7, 1990 / John Cage and Joan Retallack --
Visual art : Cage's loft, New York City, October 21-23, 1991 / John Cage and Joan Retallack --
Music : Cage's loft, New York City. July 15-17, 1992 / John Cage and Joan Retallack ; July 18, 1992 / John Cage, Joan Retallack, and Michael Bach ; July 30, 1992 / John Cage and Joan Retallack --
Appendixes. Selected Cage computer programs ; Mesostic introduction to The first meeting of the Satie Society ; Writing through Ulysses (Muoyce II), typescript page from part 17 based on the "Nighttown" section of Ulysses ; Excerpts from manuscript and score of Two⁶ (1992) ; Notated time bracket sheets for Thirteen (1992) ; Writing through Ulysses (Muoyce II), part 5 ; IC supply sheet marked by Cage with red, blue, and black pencils ; Excerpts from score for Europera 5 ; Europera 5 at MOMA ; Letter outlining plans for Noh-opera ; Notated time bracket sheets for 58 (1992), pages 2 and 4 ; Project for Hanau squatters ; First page of One⁸ (1991) ; First page of Ten (1991), violin I.
Responsibility: Joan Retallack, editor.

Abstract:

"Joan Retallack's conversations with Cage represent the first consideration of his artistic production in its entirety, across genres. Informed by the perspective of age, Cage's comments range freely from his theories of chance and indeterminate composition to his long-time collaboration with Merce Cunningham to the aesthetics of his multi-media works. A composer for whom the whole world - with its brimming silences and anarchic harmonies - was a source of music, Cage once claimed, "There is no noise, only sounds." As these interviews attest, that penchant for testing traditions reached far beyond his music. His lifelong project, Retallack writes in her comprehensive introduction, was "dislodging cultural authoritarianism and gridlock by inviting surprising conjunctions within carefully delimited frameworks and processes." Consummate performer to the end, Cage delivers here just such a conjunction - a tour de force that provides new insights into the man and a clearer view of the status of art in the twentieth century."--Jacket.
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