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
NotesContains Norman O. Brown's lecture at Wesleyan University as part of the Cage Symposium celebrating John Cage's 75th birthday.Title, speaker, date, and location provided by cataloger based on handwritten and typed notes on original container and cassette, and audition.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".Sound quality is good.Venue: Recorded at Wesleyan University in, Middletown, Connecticut, 1988 February 23.Acquisition: Gift; Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, 2011-2012.Forms part of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection.
Physical DescriptionExtent: 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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