John Cage’s and Cathy Berberian’s Shared Fantasy: The Fantasy Principle in Aria Cover Image

Deljena fantazija Džona Kejdža i Keti Berberijan: Fantazijski princip u kompoziciji Arija
John Cage’s and Cathy Berberian’s Shared Fantasy: The Fantasy Principle in Aria

Author(s): Bojana S. Radovanović
Subject(s): Music, Post-War period (1950 - 1989), Sociology of Art
Published by: Muzička akademija Univerziteta u Sarajevu; Muzikološko društvo FBiH
Keywords: Fantasy; Fantasy principle; John Cage; Cathy Berberian; Aria;

Summary/Abstract: Fantasy, as a creative potential of the creator, points to the deepest and most personal processes of artistic inspiration, creation, and action. However, what happens with the fantasy when the performer becomes, in certain sense, equal coauthor of the artistic creation? What happens if we consider performing to be a method of composing? When what is before us is a performance that emerged from the compositional techniques that include aleatoricism and indeterminism, whose fantasy are we listening to? In this paper, I will try to answer these questions by examining the principles by which the piece Aria (1958) is written (in composer’s imagination as well as performance). This piece was composed by John Cage, American composer and philosopher of art, in collaboration with Cathy Berberian, singer and artist, and it is dedicated to her.

  • Issue Year: XXIII/2019
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 40-57
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Serbian