John Cage's Irish Circus: BBC 3 radio program on Roaratorio with Cage, Merce Cunningham and Peadher Mercier, 1987-07-19

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Title
John Cage's Irish Circus: BBC 3 radio program on Roaratorio with Cage, Merce Cunningham and Peadher Mercier, 1987-07-19
Names
Merce Cunningham Dance Company (Associated name)
Cage, John (Interviewee)
Cage, John (Composer)
Joyce, James, 1882-1941 (Author)
Cheevers, Tony (Radio producer)
Cunningham, Merce (Commentator)
Dickson, Peter, 1957- (Host)
Heaney, Joe, 1919-1984 (Singer)
Joyce, James, 1882-1941 (Narrator)
Mercier, Mel (Musician)
Mercier, Peadher (Commentator)
Mercier, Peadher (Musician)
BBC Radio 3 (Broadcaster)
Collection

Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection. Audio materials

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1987-07-19
Library locations
Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound
Shelf locator: *LTC-A 1202
Topics
Cage, John
Cunningham, Merce
Merce Cunningham Dance Company
Roaratorio (Choreographic work : Cunningham)
Aleatory music
Bodhrán music
Choreography
Composition (Music)
Folk dance music -- Ireland
Music and dance
Cage, John. Roaratorio. Selections
Joyce, James, 1882-1941. Finnegans wake. Selections
Genres
Radio programs
Interviews
Notes
Content: Title provided by cataloger based on audition and typed note on original container.
Content: Typed notes on original container: "Cage's Irish Circus ; John Cage on Roaratorio with Merce Cunningham and Peader [Peadher] Mercier ; Presenter Peter Dickinson [Dickson] ; Producer Anthony [Tony] Cheevers x 5875 30716 LS ; Tx 19.7.87 ; BBC R3".
Numbering: Donor's inventory number: C381.
Venue: Broadcast on BBC radio station, Great Britain, 1987 July 19.
Acquisition: Gift; Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, 2011-2012.
Citation/reference: Forms part of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection.
Physical Description
Audiocassette
Extent: 1 audio cassette (30 minutes) : analog
Sound quality is good.
Description
Clip of James Joyce reading from Finnegan's wake, ca. 0:00-0:57; radio host Peter Dickson introduces Joyce's reading, John Cage, and his Roaratorio (1979); Cage speaks about his first readings of Finnegans wake in the 1920s; his continued interest in Finnegans wake, including as basis for text in his Wonderful widow of eighteen springs (1942); Cage tells an anecdote about writing mesostics through the use of text from Finnegans wake for an article; Cage explains his use of mesostics in his compositional process, and as live readings in his Roaratorio; the use of recorded sounds in Roaratorio such as of animals and in locations specific to the book; Cage speaks more on his travels for recording the sounds; Cage speaks about meeting Joe Heaney, an Irish folksinger, and asking other Irish folk musicians to perform in Roaratorio; clip of Joe Heaney singing; Peadher Mercier speaks about meeting Cage and the atypical way Cage wanted to work with the folk musicians; Mercier names some of the other musicians who worked with Cage; Mercier describes the aleatory based instructions given to the musicians for performances of Roaratorio; short clip of bodhrán duet played by Peadher and Mel Mercier; Cage briefly speaks about the independent nature of the connection between the music and Merce Cunningham's dance; Cunningham speaks about using the rhythmic structure of reels and jigs in his choreography for Roaratorio; Cunningham speaks about his interest in the idea of human family and organizing the piece spatially; more on the choreography; the similarities of structure between the music and the dance, and the layers of the work as a whole; Cage speaks about his score for Roaratorio, including the structure of the title; Cage speaks about the role of the viewer and witnessing the work with an "empty mind"; more on the broader nature of music and culture; Mercier speaks about his initial distaste for the work and describes how that has been transformed, including several moments that he particularly enjoys; clip of Cage reading his mesostic text.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
Languages
English
Identifiers
RLIN/OCLC: 900290887
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20516332
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 26b5a490-b82d-0133-6278-60f81dd2b63c
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Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. "John Cage's Irish Circus" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1987. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/2b735e30-b82d-0133-e5e5-60f81dd2b63c

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Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. "John Cage's Irish Circus" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed November 26, 2021. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/2b735e30-b82d-0133-e5e5-60f81dd2b63c

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Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. (1987). John Cage's Irish Circus Retrieved from https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/2b735e30-b82d-0133-e5e5-60f81dd2b63c

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John Cage's Irish Circus