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John Cage's Theatre Pieces : Notations and Performances

The experimental composer John Cage (1912-1992) is best known for his works in percussion, prepared piano, and electronic music, but he is also acknowledged to be one of the most significant figures in 20th century theatre. In Cage's work in theatre composition there is a blurring of the distinctions between music, dance, literature, art and everyday life. Here, William Fetterman examines the majority of those compositions by Cage which are audial as well as visual in content, beginning with his first work in this genre in 1952, and continuing through 1992. Much of the information in this study
eBook, English, 2012
Taylor and Francis, London, 2012
Criticism, interpretation, etc
1 online resource (301 pages)
9781136645570, 1136645578
Cover; Title; Copyright Page; Contents; Introduction to the Series; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Early Compositions and Dance Accompaniments; 2. Water Music, Water Walk and Sounds of Venice: Early Variations on Chance Composed Theatre Pieces in Determinate Notation; 3. Music Walk, and Cartridge Music: Variations in Complex Indeterminate Notation; 4. 4'33", 0'00", Solos in Song Books, WGBH-TV, and ONE[sup]3[/sup]: Variations on a Disciplined Action. 5. The Untitled Event at Black Mountain College, Theatre Piece, Solos in Song Books, and Dialogue: Variations on Small-Group Simultaneities6. The Musicircus: Variations on Large-Group Simultaneities; 7. Song Books: General Performances and Specific Solos; 8. Europeras 1- 5: The Final Theatre Pieces; 9. John Cage as a Performer; Conclusion; Appendix 1. John Cage on Teaching; Appendix 2. John Cage on Theatre Piece; Appendix 3. David Tudor's 1960 Performance of Theatre Piece; Appendix 4. Song Books Solos 9, 61, and 87 in Performance; Appendix 5. A Dialogue Score, by John Cage. Appendix 6. Frances Ott Allen's Experiences of HPSCHDList of References; Index of Cage's Works; General Index