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United States | 14' 15" | John Cage reading «Writing for the Second Time Through Finnegans Wake» (1977) | Edition / Production: Giorno Poetry Systems

 John Cage
«Writings through Finnegans Wake»

John Cage was interested in James Joyce's work from the forties onwards, focusing on his coded and relatively inaccessible Finnegan's Wake in particular. He set a passage from the Wake, The wonderful widow of eighteen Springs, to music as early as 1942. Then in the seventies and eighties came his five Writings through Finnegans Wake. To a certain extent he was writing his way through this Joycean work using various literary methods. The result was five sound-poem texts that John Cage frequently performed himself all over the world. Muoyce is his fifth and last <write-through> of the Wake.