Norman O. Brown lecture at the Cage Symposium at Wesleyan University, 1988-02-23
NamesMerce Cunningham Dance Company (Associated name)Brown, Norman Oliver, 1913-2002 (Speaker)Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.) (Host)
Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection. Audio materials
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1988-02-23
Library locationsRodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded SoundShelf locator: *LTC-A 1660
TopicsCage, JohnCage, John -- RoaratorioCage, John -- SilenceCage, John -- Writing for the second time through Finnegans wakeJoyce, James, 1882-1941 -- Finnegans wakeThoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862 -- JournalAleatory music -- History and criticismMusic and philosophy
NotesContent: Contains Norman O. Brown's lecture at Wesleyan University as part of the Cage Symposium celebrating John Cage's 75th birthday.Content: Title, speaker, date, and location provided by cataloger based on handwritten and typed notes on original container and cassette, and audition.Content: Handwritten note on original container: "Cage Symposium ; Norman O. Brown". Typed note on original cassette: "Cage Symposium 2/23/88 ; Lecture - Norman O. Brown ; Wesleyan University ; Middletown, CT ; COPY".Venue: Recorded at Wesleyan University in, Middletown, Connecticut, 1988 February 23.Acquisition: Gift; Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, 2011-2012.Citation/reference: Forms part of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection.
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 1 audiocassette (63 minutes) : analogSound quality is good.
DescriptionStreaming file 1, side 1: Unidentified speaker introduces Norman O. Brown, ca. 0:00-0:25; Norman O. Brown speaks about John Cage; parallels between civilization, music, and social movements; Cage's use of noise and James Joyce's Finnegans wake; experimental music, history, nihilism, and religion; he quotes from Cage's writings over the years and interprets these, and Cage's compositions, through the "Dionysian" and "Apollonian" dichotomy; more about Finnegan's wake; ends abruptly.
Streaming file 2, side 2: Begins abruptly, Norman O. Brown continues to speak about the "Dionysian" and "Apollonian" dichotomy in John Cage's music, especially in chance operations; he speaks about Cage's Writing for the second time through Finnegans wake; more about chance operations; he quotes from Cage's Silence; more about "Dionysian" and "Apollonian" aspects of Cage's work; he reads and interprets an excerpt from Henry David Thoreau's journal entry on the fire in the woods; he refers to the biblical story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the "fiery furnace"; [brief audience applause].
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 933582900NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20868032Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): d06b3000-b94f-0133-9c04-3c07547a230f
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