Septet, studio recording: and, excerpts of Merce Cunningham speaking on danceAdditional title: Septet (Choreographic work : Cunningham)
NamesMerce Cunningham Dance Company (Associated name)Cunningham, Merce (Speaker)Satie, Erik, 1866-1925 (Composer)
Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection. Audio materials
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1981-10-03
Library locationsRodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded SoundShelf locator: *LT-7-A 2436
TopicsDance -- Study and teachingModern danceModern dance musicPiano musicRehearsals
GenresMusicSpoken wordFilmed performances
NotesContent: Title and date provided by cataloger based on handwritten note on original container and audition.Content: Handwritten note on original container: "Septet audio tape - X/3/81 ; [crossed out - William Dawes, Cry for me (1970) 10 min. 55 sec. ; 7 1/2 ips stereo half-track ; copied 3/7/77]". Handwritten note taped to original reel hub: "Septet 7/77".Content: Contains music for Merce Cunningham's Septet (1953).Performers: Pianist is unidentified.Venue: Recorded in several unidentified locations, on several dates, including, 1981 October 3, (There is a date discrepancy between the original reel hub and container; based on collection context, the cataloger selected the container date as the recording date).Acquisition: Gift; Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, 2011-2012.Citation/reference: Forms part of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection.
Physical DescriptionExtent: 1 audiotape reel (29 minutes) : analog, 7 1/2 ips, half track, mono ; 7 in.Sound quality is good to fair; there is background noise in each of the recordings, especially wind in the microphone during Cunningham's first speech.
DescriptionMorceaux en forme de poire played by an unidentified pianist in, what sounds like, a rehearsal studio, ends abruptly ca. 15:20; Merce Cunningham speaks about his thoughts on dance, including brief references to ideas by Lou Harrison and Gertrude Stein; his thoughts on everyday physical movements in relation to dancing; briefly, expression and concentration while dancing; ca. 25:25, a new recording that begins abruptly, Merce Cunningham speaks about dance training and the personal qualities required for becoming a professional dancer; ends abruptly.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 890151233NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20291008Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 13293b40-b7b9-0133-72e2-3c07547a230f
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