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The New Music TheaterSeeing the Voice, Hearing the Body$
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Eric Salzman and Thomas Desi

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195099362

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195099362.001.0001

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The American Eccentrics

The American Eccentrics

(p.119) Chapter 8 The American Eccentrics
The New Music Theater

Eric Salzman

Thomas Desi

Oxford University Press

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

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