John Cage: City Circus, Program IV

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For this show, the fourth in the John Cage: City Circus series, listen to music from a tribute double album collection of John Cage pieces performed by friends, colleagues, and admirers called, “A Chance Operation.” Laurie Anderson tells Merce Cunningham tales, Percussionist/composer David Van Tieghem contributed “Living Room Music,” and bass player Robert Black performs a work by Larry Austin.  

Plus, hear an exclusive live performance of Cage’s Suite for Toy Piano, as performed by Margaret Leng Tan. Also, in light of the fact that John Cage introduced Morton Feldman to Mark Rothko, listen to Morton Feldman’s mysterious “Rothko Chapel,” a tribute to the American painter Mark Rothko, and a work that never really rises above a whisper.

PROGRAM #        1049, John Cage/Citycircus, Program IV  (First aired on 5/25/1994)                                                            





Laurie Anderson

A Chance Operation: The John Cage Tribute                   

Laurie Anderson / John Cage : Cunningham Stories (excerpts)[6:00] 

Koch International Classics - #37238

David Van Tieghem

Cage: Living Room Music [3:00]

Patrick Moraz

Cage: Three Dances for Two Prepared Pianos, Dance #1 [5:30]

Larry Austin / Robert Black

Larry Austin: "Art is self-alteration is Cage is..."[8:00]

rgaret Leng Tan   

live, WNYC 7/93    

Cage: Suite for Toy Piano [7:30]             

This performance not commercially available.

Morton Feldman      
California EAR Unit,
UC Berkeley Chamber Chorus

Rothko Chapel/Why Patterns

Morton Feldman: Rothko Chapel, excerpt [17:00]

New Albion #039
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