A Brief History Of # 1958

Part of my longtime project A Brief History Of which wants to explore the 20th century culture. As an open curatorial project it grows rhizomatically in various directions. Since late 2009 I am assembling a list of influential works by composers, musicians, writers, philosophers, artists, filmmakers, choreographers and photographers. Next to popular stuff with high artistic impact you´ll find more unknown pieces of avantgarde origin, high next to so called low culture. Gradually the works should be described, interviews should be held and correlations should be researched. Although this project actually must be a work in progress it shall merge into a book and a film.

This is (so far)…

1958



HANNAH ARENDT, The Human Condition („vita activa“)




WERNER HEISENBERG, Physics and Philosophy. The Revolution in Modern Science




RAYA DUNAYEVSKAYA, Marxism and Freedom: from 1776 Until Today (1st vol. of trilogy)




CLAUDE SIMON, L´herbe




LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI, A Coney Island of the Mind




TRUMAN CAPOTE, Breakfast at Tiffany´s



OTTO LUENING & VLADEMIR USSACHEVSKY, The Columbia-Princeton studio is established in New York for avantgarde composers, with an RCA Mark II synthesizer

The RCA Mark II Synthesizer at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center at Columbia's Prentis Hall on West 125th Street in 1958. Pictured: Milton Babbitt, Peter Mauzey, Vladimir Ussachevsky.



EDGAR VARÈSE & IANNIS XENAKIS, Poeme Electronique (for World Fair, Philips Pavilion, in collaboration with architect, Le Corbusier)




JOHN CAGE, Fontana Mix (electronic tape), Variations I




HANS WERNER HENZE, Der Prinz von Homburg (Libretto by Ingeborg Bachmann)




IANNIS XENAKIS, Concret PH (This work was also composed for the Brussels World’s Fair. It made use of a single sound source: amplified burning charcoal)




LUCIANO BERIO, Thema-omaggio a Joyce (sound source is woman reading from Joyce’s Ulysses)




TOSHIRO MAYUZUMI, Nehan kokyokyoku


HALIM EL-DABH, Clytemnestra (ballet score for Martha Graham)


IGOR STRAVINSKY, Threni




CHUCK BERRY, One Dozen Berrys (Chess)




SCREAMIN´JAY HAWKINS, At Home with Screamin‘ Jay Hawkins (Okeh/Epic)




MILES DAVIS, L´ascenseur pour l´echafaud




BRUNO MADERNA, Musica su Due Dimensioni (first electroacoustic composition)


EDDIE COCHRAN, C’mon Everybody (Overdubbing)




ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM, Chega de Saudade (Bossanova)


HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS, Floresta do Amazonas (Green Mansions)




BERNARD HERRMANN, Vertigo (Soundtrack)




LUCIO FONTANA, Concetto Spaziale (first „Tagli“/cuts, from 1949 on „Buchi“/holes)

Concetto spaziale von 1958 ohne Schlitz. 2009 für über 800.000 Schweizer Franken versteigert.



ROBERT FRANK, The Americans (text by Jack Kerouac)




YASUHIRO ISHIMOTO, Aruhi aru tokoro (Someday Somewhere)




ED VAN DER ELSKEN, Bagara. Foto´s uit equatoriaal Afrika




KEN DOMON, Hiroshima




LEN LYE, Free Radicals (directly scratching the film stock, music by Bagirmi Tribe of Africa; completed in 1979) friend of dylan thomas




ALFRED HITCHCOCK, Vertigo


ORSON WELLES, Touch Of Evil


ANDRZEJ WAJDA, Ashes and Diamonds




CLAUDE CHABROL, Le Beau Serge




JOHN CASSAVETES, Shadows




LOUIS MALLE, Les Amants

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