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Morning Concert:
John Cage: In Celebration of his 65th Birthday

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 134 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

John Cage was undoubtedly the 20th Century composer who did the most to change the definition of the word “music”. In this program dedicated to Cage's work, which first broadcast on Sept. 5, 1977, the composer's 65th birthday, Charles Amirkhanian presents a selection of Cage’s music in an attempt to dispel the popular notion that Cage’s philosophy of music is more interesting than the actual substance of his compositions. In the second half of the program Cage is heard answering a number of questions from a concert audience, in which he addresses the role of chance operations in his compositions as well as his opinions about the role of beauty in art.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Amores, for prepared piano and percussion (1943) (10:28) -- Experience No. 2, for solo voice [text by e.e. cummings] (1945-48) (4:47) -- 3 Dances, for two prepared pianos [excerpt, third dance] (1944-45) (8:55) -- Credo In Us (1942) (16:00) -- String Quartet in 4 Parts [excerpt,1st movement, "Quietly Flowing Along"] (1949"50) (4:45) -- Quartet VIII, for 41 instruments [based on William Billings’ “The Lord Has Risen”] (1976) (4:05)
Performers:  John Cage, prepared piano (Amores)
Robert Wyatt, vocals (Experience)
Michael Tilson Thomas, prepared piano (Dances)
Ralph Grierson, prepared piano (Dances)
Musica Negativa: (Credo)
Michael Dietz, percussion (Credo)
Burkhard Wissemann, percussion (Credo)
Christoph Keller, piano (Credo)
Johann Nikolaus Matthes, turntable and radio (Credo)
Rainer Riehn, conductor (Credo)
Mark Sokol, violin (String Quartet)
Andrew Jennings, violin (String Quartet)
John Kochanowski, viola String Quartet)
Norman Fischer, cello (String Quartet)
Cabrillo Music Festival Orchestra (Quartet VIII)
Dennis Russell Davies, conductor (Quartet VIII)
Genre:  New Music
Subject:  Cage, John; New music; Percussion and piano music; Prepared piano music; Percussion ensembles; Vocal music; Piano music (Pianos (2)); Aleatory music; Percussion ensembles; String quartets
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Cloud, David; Cage, John; Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962; Billings, William, 1746-1800; Wyatt, Robert; Thomas, Michael Tilson, 1944-; Grierson, Ralph, 1942-; Dietz, Michael ; Wissemann, Burkhard; Keller, Christoph, 1950-; Matthes, Johann Nikolaus; Riehn, Rainer ; Sokol, Mark; Jennings, Andrew, 1948-; Kochanowski, John; Fischer, Norman, 1949-; Davies, Dennis Russell
Recording Date:  9/5/1977
First Broadcast Date:  9/5/1977
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Cartridge Music [excerpt] (1960) -- Aria with Fontana Mix [excerpt] (1958) -- Variations IV [excerpt] (1963) -- [a mix of Cage reading stories from “Indeterminacy” and David Tudor playing piano and tape] -- 4’33” (1952) -- Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse), Part VI [excerpt] (7:10) -- Song Books: I & II (1970-72) & Empty Words [text from diary of Henry David Thoreau] (1974-75) [both works performed simultaneously] (20:07) -- In a Landscape [excerpt] (1948)
Performers:  John Cage, electronics, etc... (Cartridge ; Variations)
David Tudor, electronics, etc... (Cartridge ; Variations)
Cathy Berberian, soprano (Aria)
Gianni-Emilio Simonetti, piano (4’33”)
John Cage, narrator (Empty Words)
Schola Cantorum Stuttgart (Song Books)
Clytus Gottwald, conductor (Song Books)
Richard Bernas, piano (Landscape)
Genres:  New Music; Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  Cage, John; New music; Aleatory music; Composition (Music); Electronic music; Songs (High voice) with electronics; Monologues with music; Silence in music; Literature, Experimental; Monologues with music (Chorus with electronics); Piano music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Cage, John; Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862; Tudor, David, 1926-1996; Berberian, Cathy; Simonetti, Gianni-Emilio, 1940-; Gottwald, Clytus; Bernas, Richard
Recording Date:  9/5/1977
First Broadcast Date:  9/5/1977
 
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