The American Eccentrics

Eric Salzman and Thomas Desi

in The New Music Theater

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780195099362
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199864737 | DOI:
The American Eccentrics

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This chapter discusses Harry Partch and “ corporeality”; the music theater of Partch (“Delusion of the Fury”, “Revelation in the Courthouse Park”) and his ideas about tuning, instruments, and voice; Marcel Duchamp and “de-semiotization” in the work and ideas of John Cage (from his early experiments to the late Europeras); the influence of Cage and Cage's circle in America and Europe; theatrical and conceptual work and concepts of Mauricio Kagel, an Argentinian working in Europe; and the conceptual work of Tom Johnson, an American composer living and working in Europe.

Keywords: Harry Partch; corporeality; instruments; Marcel Duchamp; Cage; Europeras; Mauricio Kagel; Tom Johnson

Chapter.  5406 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Opera

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