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Work Title
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Alt. Title
Roaratorio, Roaratorio, an Irish Circus on Finnegans Wake
Alt. Title
Circus On
Composed in 1979. Premiered in Donaueschingen, October 20, 1979.
Ensemble Type
Small Ensemble
Work Length
For voice, tape, and any number of musicians, optionally on tape.
This score is a means for translating a book into a performance without actors, a performance which is both literary and musical or one or the other. The first blank space in the title is the title the work will take, i.e. Roaratorio. The second and third consist of an article and an adjective, i.e. an Irish. The last is the title of the original book from which the work as a whole was drawn, i.e. Finnegans Wake. In 1979, Cage made the first realization entitled Roaratorio: an Irish Circus on Finnegans Wake. In 1983 Merce Cunningham added choreography for the American premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, October 26, 1983. In 2009, in the wake of Cunningham’s death, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company set out to revive the work, which was subsequently seen, in 2010, in Los Angeles and Montpellier.
Klaus Schöning
Peters Edition EP 66816