CageTalk: Dialogues with and about John Cage (Eastman by Peter Dickinson

By Peter Dickinson

John Cage used to be one in all America's most famed composers from the Forties until eventually his demise in 1992. yet he used to be additionally a much-admired author and artist, and a uniquely appealing character in a position to current his principles engagingly anywhere 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 bright 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 plenty of of the most figures hooked up with him weren't released till the 1st version of this book.
CageTalk additionally contains previous BBC interviews with Cage, together with ones by means of the popular literary critic Frank Kermode and artwork 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 diversified and demanding output performed in the course of a lot of the 20th century and keeps 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. lots 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 a number of books approximately twentieth-century track, together with Copland Connotations [Boydell Press, 2002] and The song of Lennox Berkeley [Boydell Press, 2003].

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For the sake of its practical effect on the discipline of the children. The children are taught “not to move”; to inhibit all those motor impulses which may arise from any cause whatsoever, and in order to induce in them real “immobility,” it is necessary to initiate them in the control of all their movements. . Then it is that slight sounds, unnoticed before, are heard; the ticking of the clock, the chirp of a sparrow in the garden, the flight of a butterfly. 53 It may be instructive to ask what has changed since I first put the case for Cage in 1965 and now, over forty years later.

Later on, Cage visited him twice in Japan. See Silence, 40, 46, 262; “An Autobiographical Statement (1989),” in Kostelanetz, John Cage: Writer, 241; also David W. , The Cambridge Companion to John Cage (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002), 41–62. qxd 37 anything. And so he stopped. It was at that point when he stopped his work that he wrote to me, and I wrote back almost in a hurry—he said my letter came very quickly—and I told him that there were two forms of the ox-herding pictures. The first form ends in an empty circle in which you do indeed do nothing.

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? They have a lovely daughter named Rachel. Rachel, her mother, and I were sitting in the front row at the concert, and the musicians, at my suggestion, were spaced around the audience. Bob Price was back in one corner. Well, Rachel—just a little tot, still not really walking but crawling—got out of her mother’s lap.

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