Music for Merce (Box Set)

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Works by JOHN CAGE, DAVID TUDOR, TAKEHISA KOSUGI, MARYANNE AMACHER, DAVID BEHRMAN, EARLE BROWN, STUART DEMPSTER, MORTON FELDMAN, JON GIBSON, TOSHI ICHIYANAGI, JOHN KING, ANNEA LOCKWOOD, GORDON MUMMA, BO NILSSON, PAULINE OLIVEROS, MICHAEL PUGLIESE, YASUNAO TONE, CHRISTIAN WOLFF AND OTHERS

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. The box set includes a 124-page booklet featuring a 15,000-word essay by Amy Beal, one of the foremost scholars of contemporary American music.

Volume One includes:

1. Christian Wolff (b. 1934)
For Magnetic Tape (1952) [pt. 1 of 4] 5:24
Dance: Suite by Chance (1952)

2. Christian Wolff
For Piano I (1952) 5:19
Dance: Untitled Solo (1953)
David Tudor, piano
(Recorded on tour in 1972)

3. John Cage (1912–1992)
Music for Piano 1–20 (1954) 16:13
Dance: Minutiae (1954)
John Cage, David Tudor, pianos
(Recorded in 1954)

4. Earle Brown (1926–2002)
Indices (1955)[excerpt] 20:51
piano reduction of Indices (1954)
for flute, french horn, trumpet, percussion, piano, amplified guitar, violin, violoncello, double bass (ballet version)
Dance: Springweather and People (1955)
David Tudor, piano

5. Bo Nilsson (b. 1937)
Quantitäten (1958) 12:31
Dance: Night Wandering (1958)
David Tudor, piano
(Recorded on tour in 1972)

Volume Two includes:

1. Morton Feldman (b. 1926-1987)
Ixion (1958) 20:21
Dance: Summerspace (1958)
John Cage, David Tudor, pianos
(Recorded in Stockholm for rehearsal late 1950s)

2. John Cage (1912-1992)
Variations V(1965) 13:41
Dance: Variations V (1965)
John Cage, David Tudor, Gordon Mumma, live electronics
(Recorded November 11, 1966)

3. Gordon Mumma (b.1935)
Mesa (1966) 19:38
Dance: Place (1966)
David Tudor, bandoneon; Gordon Mumma, live-electronic cybersonic processing
(Recorded November 9, 1966)

4. Toshi Ichiyanagi (b. 1933)
Activities for Orchestra (1962) 24:09
Dance: Scramble (1967)
David Behrman, viola; John Cage, piano, voice, percussion; Gordon Mumma, horns, live electronics; David Tudor, piano, live electronics; Malcolm Goldstein, violin; Max Neuhaus, percussion
(Recorded on tour in May 1968)

Volume Three includes:

1. David Behrman (b. 1937)
...for nearly an hour... (1968) 3:23
Dance: Walkaround Time (1968)
Valda Setterfield, Carolyn Brown, Barbara Dilley Lloyd, Beverly Emmons, voices
(Recorded in 1968 in Buffalo, New York)

2. Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016)
n Memoriam: Nikola Tesla, Cosmic Engineer (1969) 9:44
Dance: Canfield (1969)
John Cage, Gordon Mumma, Jean Rigg, David Tudor, voices, live electronics, acoustical-space sound-activators
(Recorded on tour in 1972)

3. Christian Wolff (b.1934)
For 1, 2, or 3 People (1964) [excerpt] 12:07
Dance: Tread (1970)
David Tudor, baroque organ, live electronics
(Recorded on tour in 1972)

4. Christian Wolff (b.1934)
Burdocks (1971) [excerpt] 16:59
Dance: Borst Park (1972)
David Behrman, viola; John Cage, percussion; Gordon Mumma, horn, cornet; David Tudor, bandoneon; Garrett List, trombone; Frederic Rzewski, piano
(Recorded on tour in 1972)

5. John Cage (1912–1992), Gordon Mumma (b. 1935), David Tudor (1926–1996)
52/3 (1972) [excerpt] 16:39
Dance: Landrover (1972)
John Cage, piano; Gordon Mumma, live electronics; David Tudor, live electronics
(Recorded on tour in 1972)
6. Gordon Mumma (b. 1935)
Telepos (1972) 18:27
Dance: TV Rerun (1972)
Gordon Mumma controlling sounds activated by dancers with telemetry-accelerometer belts
(Recorded September 12, 1972, Venice)

Volume Four includes:

1. David Tudor (1926–1996)
Toneburst (1975) 17:45
Dance: Sounddance (1975)
David Tudor, live electronics
(Recorded March 12, 1976, Perth, Australia)

2. Takehisa Kosugi (b. 1938)
S.E. Wave/E.W. Song (1976) [excerpt] 13:03
Dance: Squaregame (1976)
Takehisa Kosugi, violin, voice, live electronics
(Recorded December 15, 1976, Tokyo)

3. Maryanne Amacher (1938–2009)
Remainder (1976) 14:55
Dance: Torse (1976)
Tape

4. Jon Gibson (b. 1940)
Equal Distribution (1977) [excerpt] 12:14
Dance: Fractions 1 (1977)
Jon Gibson, flute and live electronics
(Recorded October 8, 1978, New York)


5. John Cage (1912–1992)
Inlets (1977) 10:17
Dance: Inlets (1977)
John Cage, Paeder Mercier, Mel Mercier, conch shells with water; John David Fullemann, foghorn, tape
(Recorded October 27, 1983, Roubaix, France)

Volume Five includes:

1. David Tudor (1926–1996)
Weatherings (1978) [excerpt] 15:54
Dance: Exchange (1978)
David Tudor, live electronics
(Recorded September 14, 1991, Paris)

2. Yasunao Tone (b. 1935)
Geography and Music (1979) [excerpt] 21:18
Dance: Roadrunners (1979)
John Cage, Takehisa Kosugi, voice; David Tudor, piano; Martin Kalve, qin; Chinese text read aloud by Yoshiharu Suenobu
(Recorded October 20, 1983, Leuven, Belgium)

3. David Tudor (1926–1996)
Phonemes (1981) [excerpt] 14:00
Dance: Channels/Inserts (1981)
David Tudor, live electronics
(Recorded November 29, 1992, Tel Aviv)

4. David Tudor (1926–1996)
Sextet for Seven (1982) 18:15
Dance: Quartet (1982)
David Tudor, live electronics
(Recorded March 24, 1990, New York City)

Volume Six includes:

1. Takehisa Kosugi (b. 1938)
Spacings (1984) 23:52
Dance: Doubles (1984)
Takehisa Kosugi, live electronics
(Recorded March 20, 1988, New York City)

2. John King (b. 1953)
gliss in sighs (1985) 16:19
Dance: Native Green (1985)
John King, pre-recorded and live electric prepared violin
(Recorded March 12, 1985, New York City)

3. John Cage (1912–1992) Voiceless Essay (1986) [excerpt] 10:58
Dance: Points in Space (1986)
Tape

4. David Tudor (1926–1996)
Webwork (1987) [excerpt] 10:46
Dance: Shards (1987)
David Tudor, live electronics
(Recorded March 17, 1988, New York City)

5. Michael Pugliese (1956–1997)
Peace Talks (1989) 11:44
Dance: August Pace (1989)
Takehisa Kosugi, sitar, percussion; Michael Pugliese, percussion
(Recorded November 13, 1990, Bangalore, India)

Volume Seven includes:

1. Takehisa Kosugi (b. 1938)
Spectra (1989) 20:29
Dance: Cargo X (1989)
Takehisa Kosugi, live electronics percussion with contact mics, voice; David Tudor, Michael Pugliese, live electronics, percussion with contact mics
(Recorded July 26, 1989, Cannes)

2. John Cage (1912–1992) Sculptures Musicales (1989) [excerpt] 12:14
Dance: Inventions (1989)
Takehisa Kosugi, David Tudor, Michael Pugliese, various acoustic and electronic constant sounds
(Recorded June 23, 1991, Zurich)

3. David Tudor (1926–1996)
Virtual Focus (1990) [excerpt] 15:15
Dance: Polarity (1990)
David Tudor, live electronics
(Recorded October 6, 1990, Paris)

4. John Cage (1912–1992) Four3 (1991) [excerpt] 15:24
Dance: Beach Birds (1991)
Takehisa Kosugi, rainsticks, oscillator; DavidTudor, piano, rainsticks; Michael Pugliese, piano, rainsticks; John D.S. Adams, rainsticks

5. David Tudor (1926–1996)
Neural Network Plus (1992) [excerpt] 15:24
Dance: Enter (1992)
David Tudor, Takehisa Kosugi, live electronics
(Recorded June 5, 1994, Lisbon, Portugal)

Volume Eight includes:

1. John King (b. 1953)
blues ’99 (1993) [excerpt] 19:10
Dance: CRWDSPCR (1993)
John King, pre-recorded dobro guitar, live electronics; David Tudor, live electronics

2. Stuart Dempster (b. 1936)
Underground Overlays (1995) [excerpt] 15:22
Dance: Ground Level Overlay (1995)
Stuart Dempster, garden hose, conch; Chad Kirby, conch; Takehisa Kosugi, conch

3. John Cage (1912–1992)
Four6 (1992) [excerpt] 11:17
Dance: Rondo (1996)
Paul DeMarinis, laptop; Takehisa Kosugi, percussion, contact mic, tape, live electronics, voice; Jim O’Rourke, laptop; Stuart Dempster, trombone
(Recorded April 4, 1998, Berkeley, California)

4. Takehisa Kosugi (b. 1938)
Wave Code A-Z (1997) [excerpt] 14:42
Dance: Scenario (1997)
Takehisa Kosugi, electric violin, live electronics
(Recorded November 27, 1999, Lyon)

5. Christian Wolff (b.1934)
Or 4 People (1994) [excerpt] 6:16
Dance: Rune (1959)
Christian Wolff, piano, melodica; Takehisa Kosugi, live electronics, violin, harmonica; Jim O’Rourke, laptop; Stuart Dempster, trombone
(Recorded July 23, 1999, New York City)

Volume Nine includes:

1. John Cage (1912–1992) 108 and One8 (1989) [excerpt] 14:18
Dance: Interscape (2000)
Loren Dempster, cello; Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice, Arturo Tamayo, conductor
(Recorded September 29, 2000, Venice)

2. John King (b. 1953)
longtermparking (2002) [excerpt] 15:31
Dance: Fluid Canvas (2002)
John King, laptop
(Recorded September 10, 2002, London)

3. David Behrman (b. 1937)
Long Throw (2007) [excerpt] 18:25
Dance: eyeSpace (2007)
David Behrman, laptop; Takehisa Kosugi, electric violin; John King, electric guitar, viola; Christian Wolff, prepared piano
(Recorded October 22, 2007, Melbourne)

4. Annea Lockwood (b. 1939)
Jitterbug (2007) [excerpt] 20:19
Dance: eyeSpace (2007)
John King, electric guitar, viola, live electronics; David Behrman, laptop, zither; Stephan Moore, live electronics
(Recorded January 26, 2008, Stanford, California)

Volume Ten
EVENTS (1993–2009)

1. Event—February 16, 1993, Red Wing, Minnesota 5:58
David Tudor, live electronics; Takehisa Kosugi, electric violin

2. Event—September 14, 1996, Annemasse, France 5:53
David Behrman, laptop, percussion; Takehisa Kosugi, electric violin, live electronics; FastForward, steel pan, objects

3. Event—June 5, 1997, Frankfurt 7:30
David Behrman, laptop, voice; Takehisa Kosugi, electric violin; Steve Lacy, soprano saxophone

4. Event—September 12, 1998, Minneapolis 5:22
Takehisa Kosugi, live electronics; Jim O’Rourke, laptop; Christian Marclay, turntables

5. Event—September 29, 2002, Oslo 4:12
Takehisa Kosugi, live electronics, percussion, voice; James Woodrow, electric guitar,live electronics

6. Event—October 30, 2002, Munich 6:51
Takehisa Kosugi, voice, live electronics; Christian Wolff, piano, melodica, percussion

7. Event—December 14, 2004, New York City 3:54
David Behrman,laptop, violin, psalter; John King, electric guitar, live electronics; George Lewis, trombone, laptop

8. Event—December 15, 2004, New York City 6:56
Christian Wolff, piano, melodica, percussion; Marina Rosenfeld, turntables, live electronics; Ikue Mori, laptop

9. Event—December 18, 2004, New York City 6:35
John King, electric guitar, live electronics; George Lewis, trombone, laptop

10. Event—June 14, 2005, London 5:21
John King,electric guitar, live electronics; Philip Selway, drum machine, live electronics; Robin Rimbaud (aka Scanner), laptop

11. Event—June 17, 2005, London 8:44
John King, electric guitar, live electronics; John Paul Jones, electric triple-neck mandolin, live electronics; Stephen Montague, prepared piano, percussion

12. Event—June 23, 2007, New Caanan, Connecticut 3:09
David Behrman, laptop, recorder, guitar; John King, electric guitar, live electronics; Christian Wolff, electric guitar, melodica

13. Event—February 22, 2009, Beacon, New York 5:17
Brenda Hutchinson, longtube, voice, live electronics; Ikue Mori, laptop; Robyn Schulkowsky, percussion; Christian Wolff, electric guitar, melodica

All works are excerpted from complete performances.



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Indices [excerpt]
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Variations V [excerpt]
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Mesa
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...for nearly an hour... [excerpt]
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