An examination of the relationship between John Cage's music and literary texts from different traditions, with a special focus on Cage's understanding and reinterpretation of Joyce's 'Finnegan's Wake'.
Cage's early Wesleyan Years. We dip slightly into the unending inventory of moments during the years of this collaboration...the pieces Cage wrote during that time, a few of the characters involved in that network.
Readings from Cage's 'Silence' and Norman O Brown's 'Life Against Death', and 'Love's Body'.
12 minutes mysticism
From 'Music of Changes'- Herbert Henck, Piano
From 'Music for Amplified Toy Pianos' - Juan Hidalgo, Walter Marchetti, Gianni Emilio Simonetti
"What mushroom? What leaf?" Tonight we explore the theme of John Cage's compositions as an autonomous outgrowth - mesostics (a form of verse that spreads out horizontally from a vertical text), the use of color and squiggly lines in his Aria for Cathy Berberian, the Constructions and other percussive pieces (including collaborations with Lou Harrison), Cage's interpretations of Richard Lippold's sculptures and James Joyce's Finnegan's Wake, etc.