Conversing with Cage by Richard Kostelanetz

By Richard Kostelanetz

Speaking with Cage attracts on over a hundred and fifty interviews with John Cage carried out over 4 a long time to attract an entire photo of his lifestyles and artwork. jam-packed with the witty aphorisms that experience made Cage as well-known as an esthetic thinker as a composer, the booklet bargains either an advent to Cage's frame of mind and a wealthy amassing of his many ideas on artwork, existence, and music.
John Cage might be this century's so much radical classical composer. From his well-known "silent" piece (4'33") to his proclamation that "all sound is music," Cage stretched the classy obstacles of what might be played within the glossy live performance corridor. yet, greater than that, Cage was once a provocative cultural determine, who performed a key function in inspiring ratings of alternative artists-and social philosophers-in the second one half the 20 th century. via his existence and paintings, he created revolutions in considering paintings, and its dating to the area round us.
speaking with Cage is the perfect advent to this international, providing within the artist's personal phrases his principles approximately lifestyles and artwork. it's going to entice all enthusiasts of this mythic determine at the American scene, in addition to an individual drawn to higher knowing twentieth century modernism.

Show description

By Richard Kostelanetz

Speaking with Cage attracts on over a hundred and fifty interviews with John Cage carried out over 4 a long time to attract an entire photo of his lifestyles and artwork. jam-packed with the witty aphorisms that experience made Cage as well-known as an esthetic thinker as a composer, the booklet bargains either an advent to Cage's frame of mind and a wealthy amassing of his many ideas on artwork, existence, and music.
John Cage might be this century's so much radical classical composer. From his well-known "silent" piece (4'33") to his proclamation that "all sound is music," Cage stretched the classy obstacles of what might be played within the glossy live performance corridor. yet, greater than that, Cage was once a provocative cultural determine, who performed a key function in inspiring ratings of alternative artists-and social philosophers-in the second one half the 20 th century. via his existence and paintings, he created revolutions in considering paintings, and its dating to the area round us.
speaking with Cage is the perfect advent to this international, providing within the artist's personal phrases his principles approximately lifestyles and artwork. it's going to entice all enthusiasts of this mythic determine at the American scene, in addition to an individual drawn to higher knowing twentieth century modernism.

Show description

Read or Download Conversing with Cage PDF

Best music books

On the Lower Frequencies

At the reduce Frequencies is right away a handbook, memoir, and background of inventive resistance in an international awash with struggle and poverty. An icon at the Nineties zine scene, Iggy rip-off lines not just the evolution of towns, yet of his personal considering, from his early specialize in extra outré varieties of resistance via extra contemplative instances as he turns into preoccupied with the necessity for a extra affirmative imaginative and prescient of the long run.

The Prophet from Silicon Valley: The Complete Story of Sequential Circuits

The tale of Sequential Circuits, the top synthesizer producer of the Eighties. one of many nice American synthesizer businesses, based and led by way of San Francisco electronics and machine graduate, Dave Smith, Sequential Circuits Inc. prepared the ground for tune of the long run. Smith introduced effortless, reasonable and robust polyphonic synthesis to all degrees of track creation within the type of the ground-breaking Prophet-5 synthesizer.

NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories

NOFX: The Hepatitis bath and different tales is the 1st tell-all autobiography from one of many world’s so much influential and arguable punk bands. lovers and non-fans alike should be surprised through the tales of homicide, suicide, habit, counterfeiting, riots, bondage, terminal disorder, the Yakuza, and consuming pee.

Why the Grateful Dead Matter

In Why the thankful lifeless subject, veteran author and lifetime Deadhead Michael Benson argues that the thankful useless will not be easily a winning rock-and-roll band yet a phenomenon critical to American tradition. He defends the proposition that the thankful useless are, in reality, a musical circulate as transformative as any -ism within the creative background of this century and the final.

Extra info for Conversing with Cage

Example text

He had an enthusiasm for Ives. What had put me off Ives was all the Americana business. I didn’t like that. You see, in modern painting I was devoted to Mondrian; just as I had chosen Schoenberg in music, so I chose Mondrian in painting. And it was not through my own inclinations but through the excitement and work of Robert Rauschenberg that I came to be involved in representational work. If, then, I could accept representation in painting I could, of course, accept the Americana aspect of Ives.

That was very important to me, to hear through him music from all the various cultures; and they sounded different. Sound became important to me—and noise is so rich in terms of sound. Surprisingly, you can even read statements in the early fifties from young composers in Europe, who are otherwise revolutionary and adventurous, to the effect that sound has no importance in music. Do you realize that? They tended to think that the thoughts, the constructions, the ideas that form the relationships of sounds were important, but that the sounds themselves were of no importance.

You mean interested in the construction of it? And all of the ideas and everything. Otherwise, I don’t think it’s that -48seductive. Certainly some pieces are not at all. Whereas Satie is. The fact that he’s interesting even though he is charming makes him for me still very lively. I think he’s one of the liveliest musical figures, certainly of this century. Long ago I wrote that text comparing him with Webern. Maybe if I paid more attention to Webern now I would like him again, but I don’t feel any need for it.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.49 of 5 – based on 32 votes