John Cage and Klaus Schöning speak about Roaratorio: on, WNYC radio, 1986-10-10
NamesMerce Cunningham Dance Company (Associated name)Cage, John (Interviewee)Dreier, Ruth (Host)Schöning, Klaus (Interviewer)WNYC (Radio station : New York, N.Y.) (Broadcaster)
Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection. Audio materials
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1986-10-10
Library locationsRodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded SoundShelf locator: *LTC-A 1457
TopicsCage, JohnCage, John -- RoaratorioHeaney, Joe, 1919-1984Joyce, James, 1882-1941 -- Finnegans wakeIRCAM (Research institute : France)Roaratorio (Choreographic work : Cunningham)Modern dance musicMusique concrète
NotesContent: John Cage speaks with Klaus Schöning at his loft in New York, New York, for a special broadcast on WNYC FM radio; on the occasion of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company performances of Roaratorio at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival.Content: Title, date, and location provided by cataloger based on typed and handwritten notes on original container and cassette, and audition.Content: Typed note on original container: "John Cage, with Terry Gross, FRESH AIR (1982) ; John Cage & Klaus Schoning, re: ROAR (1986)". Handwritten note on original cassette, side b: "John Cage/Klaus Schoning ; WNYC - Oct. 10, 1986, re ROAR".Content: Contains side b of the archival original cassette.Venue: Broadcast on WNYC FM, New York, New York, 1986 October 10.Acquisition: Gift; Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, 2011-2012.Citation/reference: Forms part of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection.
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 1 audiocassette (30 minutes) : analogSound quality is good.
DescriptionBegins abruptly; ca. 0:00-1:50, unidentified speaker makes several upcoming performance announcements; ca. 1:50-2:50, John Schaefer makes an announcement for an upcoming New Sounds Live performance; ca. 3:02-3:49, excerpt of John Cage's Roaratorio (1979); Ruth Dreier introduces Cage's and Merce Cunningham's Roaratorio, announces the current performances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave festival, and introduces the conversation between Cage and Klaus Schöning recorded for this broadcast; Dreier speaks about the basis for Roaratorio, the sounds from James Joyce's Finnegan's wake; ca. 6:48-7:09, excerpt of Roaratorio; Klaus Schöning and John Cage speak about the origins of the project as well as the process for gathering sound recordings at the locations mentioned in Finnegan's wake; Cage tells an anecdote about a friend's response to a recent performance of Roaratorio; Cage speaks about similarities between Finnegan's wake and Jasper Johns's paintings; they speak about the idea of silence in relationship to Roaratorio and sound in general; Cage speaks about composing Roaratorio including his use of chance operations and making a list of all the sounds and locations mentioned in Finnegan's wake; Cage speaks about his travels through Ireland to make the sound recordings; they speak about some of the challenges they faced while working on the recordings; Cage speaks about recording his readings of excerpts from Finnegan's wake at the IRCAM [Institute for Research and Coordination Acoustic Music] research center in Paris; they speak about the indeterminate and complex nature of the work, especially in collaging the "3,000 sounds"; Schöning speaks about the initial German broadcast of Roaratorio; Cage tells a brief anecdote about an exchange with a journalist; they speak about the Irish musicians who contributed to Roaratorio, especially Seamus Ennis and Joe Heaney; Cage speaks about Heaney's death and his singing abilities; Schöning speaks about his memory of Heaney's vocal performance during the premiere of Roaratorio (1986) [Merce Cunningham's dance of the same title] at the Brooklyn Academy of Music; Cage speaks about seeking out Heaney to perform in Roaratorio; Schöning mentions possible future radio broadcasts of Roaratorio; Cage speaks briefly about Cunningham's Roaratorio.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 917697573NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20762161Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 2b08f540-b913-0133-ef2f-60f81dd2b63c
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