Silence: Lectures and Writings, 50th Anniversary Edition
Wesleyan University Press, 26.10.2011 - 312 Seiten
Silence, John Cage’s first book and epic masterpiece, was published in October 1961. In these lectures, scores, and writings, Cage tries, as he says, to find a way of writing that comes from ideas, is not about them, but that produces them. Often these writings include mesostics and essays created by subjecting the work of other writers to chance procedures using the I Ching. Fifty years later comes a beautiful new edition with a foreword by eminent music critic Kyle Gann. A landmark book in American arts and culture, Silence has been translated into more than forty languages and has sold over half a million copies worldwide. Wesleyan University Press is proud to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the book’s publication with this special edition.
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F orerunners of M odern Music 62
Erik Satie 76
Edgard Varese 83
On Robert Rauschenherg Artist and His Work 98
Lecture on Something 128
45 for a Speaker 146
Where Are We Going? and What Are We Doing? 194
action answer artist asked Bach beautiful beginning Cage Cage’s chance operations charts Christian Wolff composer composition concern CONTEMPORARY MUSIC continuity David Tudor duration Earle Brown ears Eckhart everything experimental music feeling Feldman ﬁeld ﬁnally ﬁnd ﬁnished ﬁrst ﬁve fourth large getting give happens hear idea indeterminacy indeterminate inﬂuence interested irritating John Cage later lecture listening living looking M. C. Richards magnetic tape material matter what eventuality means Meister Eckhart Merce Cunningham method mind modern dance Morton Feldman mushrooms Music of Changes musicians nature never noises notation one’s painting percussion performance Pianists piece of music Pierre Boulez pitch play pleasure poetry possible prepared piano question Rauschenberg rhythm rhythmic structure Satie Schoenberg silence simply situation slowly someone sounds space Suzuki talk goes technique things thought timbre tion told tones twelve-tone Varese Virgil Thomson write music