Ein Irischer Circus über 'Finnegans Wake'
John Cage: voice / Joe Heaney: voice / Paddy Glackin: violin / Peadar Mercier, Mel Mercier: bodrhan / Matt Malloy: flute / Seamus Ennis: uillean-pipes / Studio Akustische Kunst des WDR, Köln / Klaus Schöning: editor
This long-running CD series under the title "Ars Acustica" represents outstanding works produced during the past years in particular in the "Studio Acoustic Art" at the German radio station Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) in Cologne. Many of these realisations, created by internationally recognized composers, sound-poets, audio and performance artists, have been awarded prizes and today are part of the standard repertory which has developed for Ars Acustica.
After having released Pierre Henry's "La Ville. Die Stadt" WERGO continues this CD series with John Cage's famous radio production "Roaratorio - An Irish Circus on 'Finnegans Wake' ". In addition to his musical works and closely tied to them is a body of extensive poetic-philosophical work wich he published successively in his books. Beginning in the 1940s Cage was occupied with the epochal work of James Joyce, particularly with the hermetic and difficult "Finnegans Wake".
With "Roaratorio. An Irish Circus on 'Finnegans Wake' " Cage realized a work which within months of its premiere in 1979 at the WDR in Cologne became an international sensation and must be ranked as one of the key works of Ars Acustica in this century. In "Roaratorio" Cage's experiences with music and poetry, oral recitation and tape montage, and his close association with Zen Buddhism, lead to an all-inclusive cosmology built out of human voices, natural sounds, sounds coming out of the immediate environment, noises, singing, and music. As an exc