Inside Cage: WNYC radio tribute to John Cage, 1992-09-04Additional title: Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection
NamesMerce Cunningham Dance Company (Associated name)Baumont, Olivier (Instrumentalist)Borden, Scott (Host)Cage, John (Interviewee)Cage, John (Singer)Chesky, David (Instrumentalist)La Barbara, Joan, 1947- (Singer)Lubambo, Romero (Instrumentalist)Miller, Allan, 1933- (Interviewer)Schroeder, Marianne (Instrumentalist)Stein, Leonard (Instrumentalist)Tan, Margaret Leng (Instrumentalist)Winant, William (Instrumentalist)Zukofsky, Paul (Instrumentalist)Cage, John (Composer)Cage, John (Speaker)Chesky, David (Composer)Feldman, Morton, 1926-1987 (Composer)Rameau, Jean-Philippe, 1683-1764 (Composer)WNYC (Radio station : New York, N.Y.) (Broadcaster)
Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection. Audio materials
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1992-09-04
Library locationsRodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded SoundShelf locator: *LTD-A 672
TopicsCage, JohnAleatory musicComposition (Music)Percussion and piano musicPiano musicViolin and piano musicVocalisesCage, John. In a landscapeCage, John. Four⁶. SelectionsCage, John. Literary works. SelectionsChesky, David. Dances, piano, no. 1. SelectionsFeldman, Morton, 1926-1987. For John Cage. SelectionsRameau, Jean-Philippe, 1683-1764. Pièces de clavecin. (1724). Selections
GenresSpoken wordMusicInterviewsRadio programs
NotesContent: Title, date and location provided by cataloger based on handwritten notes on original DAT cassette and container.Content: Handwritten note on original DAT container: " 'Inside Cage' ; 1 1/2 hour special features WNYC's live recordings of Cage's performances, readings, and interviews. Broadcast on Sept. 4, 1992 ; WNYC, FM93.9".Content: Contains a radio broadcast tribute, consisting of interview excerpts, readings, and musical performances, in memorial to John Cage on what would have been his 80th birthday.Content: Sound quality is fair in the beginning; ca. 0:00-11:30, there is radio static that occasionally makes the recording inaudible, and, at times, one channel of the recording cuts out. After ca. 11:30, sound quality is mostly good; the recording is more consistent with only occasional static.Numbering: Donor's inventory number: D080.Performers: Margaret Leng Tan, piano (In a landscape); Paul Zukofsky, violin, and Marianne Schroeder, piano (For John Cage); Joan La Barbara and John Cage, vocalists, Leonard Stein, piano and percussion, and William Winant, percussion (Four⁶); Olivier Baumont, harpsichord (Suite in E minor, Pièces de clavecin, 1724); David Chesky, piano, and Ramero Lubambo, guitar (Dance no. 1 of David Chesky).Venue: Broadcast by WNYC radio in, New York, New York, 1992 September 4.Acquisition: Gift; Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, 2011-2012.Citation/reference: Forms part of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection.
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 1 audio DAT cassette (124 minutes) : digital, .3209 ips, 44.1 kHz, 16 bit, two track, stereoSound quality is fair in the beginning; ca. 0:00-11:30, there is radio static that occasionally makes the recording inaudible, and, at times, one channel of the recording cuts out. After ca. 11:30, sound quality is mostly good; the recording is more consistent with only occasional static.
DescriptionRadio broadcast begins with John Cage speaking in a pre-recorded, 1990 interview [mostly inaudible due to significant static]; from ca. 2:28-3:00, program host Scott Borden introduces the previous clip, and program, a tribute to Cage on his 80th birthday [partially inaudible due to static]; introduction of In a landscape; from ca. 3:28-11:30, performance of In a landscape, piano by Margaret Leng Tan, recorded live in 1991 on WNYC [occasionally, channel cuts out]; Borden introduces the next clip of Cage speaking about the construction of his piece IV, from a 1990 interview at Symphony Space with interviewer Allan Miller; clip from ca. 12:29, Cage speaks about his lecture series at Harvard University (The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures, from 1988-89), and the construction of these lectures as they relate to his musical compositions; Cage speaks about his text, Composition in retrospect, and lists the 15 subjects he uses in his compositions; briefly, describes using these subject words in a vertical layout, as well as other literary texts and chance operations, as source material in the construction of his "mesostics"-based lectures; from ca. 20:00-30:30, Cage reads a selection of IV; Miller and Cage further discuss Cage's chance operations, especially the difference between chance and accident; Borden introduces a contemporary of Cage, Morton Feldman, and his work, For John Cage; from ca. 34:14-57:32, performance of For John Cage by Paul Zukofsky, violin, and Marianne Schroeder, piano; Borden introduces the final musical clip, taken from Cage's last public performance prior to his death, the world premiere performance of Four⁶ at Central Park's SummerStage, July 1992; from ca. 58:02, brief excerpt from the Symphony Space recording, Cage speaks to Miller about how he titled his pieces using the example of Music for; from ca. 1:00:19-1:30:12, performance of Four⁶ by Joan La Barbara and John Cage, vocalists, Leonard Stein, piano and percussion, and William Winant, percussion; Borden announces the program credits; from ca. 1:31:16-1:32:01, commercial announcement for WNYC program, Singing through John Cage; unidentified radio announcer gives time and weather report; from ca. 1:33:00-1:53:26, Jean-Philippe Rameau's Suite in E minor, from his Pièces de clavecin (1724), performed by Olivier Baumont; from ca. 1:54:35-1:56:12, excerpt from Dance no. 1, performed by composer David Chesky, piano, and Ramero Lubambo, guitar; from ca. 1:56:13-2:03:38, recording silence.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 890321254NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20292736Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 31c91280-b7ba-0133-59df-3c07547a230f
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