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Music For Merce 1952-2009

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"The late Merce Cunningham was renowned for his legendary collaborations with the most significant experimental musicians of the late 20th century. Particularly notable is his association with John Cage, who served as the founding musical director of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company until Cage's death in 1992. Spanning six decades from the early 1950s onward, these recordings capture the breadth of the Cunningham repertory and the rich diversity of Cunningham's musical collaborations. Composers whose work features prominently in this collection include seminal figures of late-20th-century experimental music such as John Cage, David Tudor, Gordon Mumma, Christian Wolff, and Takehisa Kosugi, among others. For the most part, these compositions have not been recorded elsewhere and are making their first appearance on CD. This is a document of enormous historical import that will be a revelation to both listeners and scholars interested in the evolution of American experimental music over the past five decades. Also included is a 124-page booklet featuring a 15,000-word essay by Amy Beal, one of the foremost scholars of contemporary American music."

Featured works: Maryanne Amacher: Remainder [excerpt];
David Behrman: ... for nearly an hour... [excerpt], Long Throw [excerpt];
Earle Brown: Indices [excerpt];
John Cage: 108 and One8 (excerpt), Four3 (excerpt), Four6 (excerpt), Inlets (excerpt), Music for Piano 1-20, Sculptures Musicales (excerpt),Variations V (excerpt), Voiceless Essay (excerpt);
John Cage, Gordon Mumma, David Tudor: 52/3 [excerpt];
Stuart Dempster: Underground Overlays [excerpt];
Morton Feldman: Ixion;
Jon Gibson: Equal Distribution [excerpt];
Toshi Ichiyanagi: Activities for Orchestra;
Bo Nilsson: Quantit├Ąten;
John King: blues '99 [excerpt], gliss in sighs, longtermparking [excerpt];
Takehisa Kosugi: S.E. Wave/E.W. Song (excerpt), Spacings, Spectra, Wave Code A-Z (excerpt);
Annea Lockwood: Jitterbug [excerpt];
Gordon Mumma: Mesa, Telepos; Pauline Oliveros: In Memoriam: Nikola Tesla, Cosmic Engineer [excerpt];
Michael Pugliese: Peace Talks [excerpt];
Yasunao Tone: Geography and Music [excerpt]; David Tudor: Neural Network Plus (excerpt), Phonemes (excerpt), Sextet for Seven, Toneburst, Virtual Focus (excerpt), Weatherings (excerpt), Webwork (excerpt);
Christian Wolff: Burdocks (excerpt); For 1, 2, or 3 People (excerpt); For Magnetic Tape (pt. 1 of 4); For Piano I; Or 4 People (excerpt);
Various: 13 Events (excerpts) (1993-2009)