John Cage: Ode to gravity (Radio program) on WNYC

More Details Cite This Item

View this item elsewhere:

Title
John Cage: Ode to gravity (Radio program) on WNYC
Additional title: Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection
Additional title: Ode to gravity (Radio program)
Names
Merce Cunningham Dance Company (Associated name)
Amirkhanian, Charles (Interviewee)
Amirkhanian, Charles (Host)
Amirkhanian, Charles (Radio producer)
Cage, John (Interviewee)
Cage, John (Musical director)
Cage, John (Speaker)
Ganz, Isabelle (Singer)
Harrison, Lou, 1917-2003 (Composer)
Pugliese, Michael (Instrumentalist)
Riehn, Rainer (Conductor)
Wyatt, Robert (Singer)
Cage, John (Composer)
Ensemble Musica Negativa (Performer)
Manhattan Percussion Ensemble (Performer)
KPFA (Radio station : Berkeley, Calif.) (Broadcaster)
WNYC (Radio station : New York, N.Y.) (Broadcaster)
Collection

Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection. Audio materials

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1987-12-12
Library locations
Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound
Shelf locator: *LTC-A 1434
Topics
Cage, John
Avant-garde (Music)
Modern dance music
Musique concrète
Percussion music
Vocalises with instrumental ensemble
Sound quality is mostly good; there is background recording sounds at the end of streaming file 4
Cage, John. Double music
Cage, John. Europera. Nos. 1-2
Cage, John. Experiences, no. 2
Cage, John. Literary works. Selections
Cage, John. Ryoanji
Genres
Spoken word
radio interviews
Interviews
Notes
Statement of responsibility: produced and hosted by Charles Amirkhanian.
Content: Contains the Ode to gravity radio program featuring John Cage, originally broadcast on WNYC on December 12, 1987.
Content: Title, date and location provided by cataloger based on handwritten notes on original cassettes, audition, and information provided by the Internet Archive.
Content: Handwritten notes on original cassettes: "WNYC ; New York, NY ; Ode to Gravity ; John Cage ; Tape I and Tape II ; Dolby".
Performers: Manhattan Percussion Ensemble, directed by John Cage; Musica Negativa, conducted by Rainer Riehn; Michael Pugliese, percussion, and Isabell Ganz, mezzo-soprano; Robert Wyatt, singer.
Venue: Broadcast on WNYC radio, New York, New York, [1987 December 12].
Acquisition: Gift; Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, 2011-2012.
Citation/reference: Forms part of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection.
Physical Description
Audiocassette
Extent: 2 audiocassettes (115 minutes total) : analog
Sound quality is mostly good; there is background recording sounds at the end of streaming file 4.
Description
Streaming file 1, side 1: Program host, Charles Amirkhanian introduces John Cage; Cage and Lou Harrison's Double music (1941) played by the Manhattan Percussion Ensemble under Cage's direction, ca. 0:00-6:30; Amirkhanian gives a brief description of Cage's background and compositional style, including the influences of Henry Cowell, Arnold Schoenberg and Zen Buddhism, ca. 6:31-8:49; Amirkhanian introduces the interview he conducted with Cage at Davies Symphony Hall in 1983, ca. 8:50-9:29; Cage speaks about the confluence of inspirations from filmmaker Oskar Fischinger in the mid to late 1930's, and later, Zen Buddhism, that lead him to explore percussion, vibrational sounds, and environmental sounds, ca. 10:33-14:16; Cage speaks briefly about his Credo in US (1942), composed for a dance of the same title choreographed by Merce Cunningham and Jean Erdman, ca. 14:35-16:00; Credo in US played by Ensemble Musica Negativa, conducted by Rainer Riehn, ca. 16:11-32:22; Amirkhanian introduces Cage's Ryoanji (1983), ca. 32:23-34:32; Ryoanji played by Michael Pugliese with Isabelle Ganz, singer, ca. 34:33-44:21; ends abruptly.Streaming file 2, side 2: Begins abruptly, continuation of Ryoanji played by Michael Pugliese with Isabelle Ganz, singer, ca. 0:00-11:54; Amirkhanian gives recording information on Ryoanji, briefly speaks about the preparations for the premiere of Cage's Europeras nos. 1 and 2 (1987), and gives an overview of the remainder of the program, ca. 11:57-13:40; the second hour of the program begins, Amirkhanian gives an overview of the remainder of the program, ca. 14:01-14:44; Experiences No. 2 (1945-1948) performed by Robert Wyatt on the album, Jan Steele/John Cage: Voices and Instruments (1976), ca. 14:45-19:31; Amirkhanian gives recording information on Experiences No. 2, and introduces Cage's talk at the Speaking of Music series on January 8, 1987, on his Europeras nos. 1 and 2, ca. 19:32-20:30; Cage speaks about his Europeras nos. 1 and 2, his plans for the premiere program notes, and reads some of the opera's found text - collaged from opera synopses - used in the work, ca. 20:31-29:02; Amirkhanian speaks about the Frankfurt Opera House, the location of the Europeras nos. 1 and 2 premiere, ca. 29:03-30:26; continuing excerpt from Cage's talk at the Speaking of Music series, Cage speaks about his use of the Frankfurt Opera House, ca. 30:26-32:40; Cage speaks about his inventor father, John Milton Cage, Sr., ca. 32:41-37:45; in response to a question about current events in China, Cage tells a personal anecdote, ca. 37:46-39:19; Amirkhanian introduces a recording of Cage reading from his diary, How to Improve the World (You will only make matters worse) (1966), [at Cage's MusiCircus event on November 21, 1969], ca. 39:20-40:11; Cage reads an excerpt from his diary, How to Improve the World (You will only make matters worse), part 2 (1966), ca. 40:12-44:41; ends abruptly.Streaming file 3, side 3: Begins abruptly, continuation of John Cage reading an excerpt from his How to Improve the World (You will only make matters worse), part 2 (1966), ca. 0:00-16:24; ends abruptly.Streaming file 4, side 4: Begins abruptly, continuation of John Cage reading an excerpt from his How to Improve the World (You will only make matters worse), part 2 (1966), ca. 0:00-7:04; Amirkhanian gives recording information on Cage's diary excerpt and concludes the Ode to gravity program, ca. 7:06-8:46.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
Languages
English
Identifiers
RLIN/OCLC: 914904268
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20751145
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): a8204bf0-b90d-0133-f209-60f81dd2b63c
Rights Statement
This item is protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. For other uses you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s).

Item timeline of events

  • 1987: Created
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

MLA Format

Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. "John Cage" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1987. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/35d30330-b90e-0133-24b6-60f81dd2b63c

Chicago/Turabian Format

Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. "John Cage" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed August 26, 2019. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/35d30330-b90e-0133-24b6-60f81dd2b63c

APA Format

Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. (1987). John Cage Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/35d30330-b90e-0133-24b6-60f81dd2b63c

Wikipedia Citation

<ref name=NYPL>{{cite web | url=http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/35d30330-b90e-0133-24b6-60f81dd2b63c | title= (sound recording) John Cage, (1987) }} |author=Digital Collections, The New York Public Library |accessdate=August 26, 2019 |publisher=The New York Public Library, Astor, Lennox, and Tilden Foundation}}</ref>

John Cage