Philip Corner – Ahk For Kwok: Crazy Music

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Recording in NY of a live performance with Kwok (Frog King)

The book includes the article “Of Modern Times And Ancient Sounds”, which Philip Corner wrote in 1961, and two interviews.

Zeitgeist (the spirit of the time) is attributed to the German philosopher Georg Hegel. The production and movement of art and culture reveals and reprepresents the spirit of a time, which reversely shapes the artists of their time. And this logic seems cruel to us: a great era creates great artists, a miserable time leads to mediocrities. And isn’t our time full of vain and vapidity?

In any time, there are artists being alienated, working out of step with their peers. Never belonging to the present nor the mainstream might let them disappear in the history, but they may also be found in the retracement. Growing against the trend of the time, their value will be acknowledged in the time they belong.

The Editing Office of “Where is the Zeitgeist?” is not trying to objectively edit the spirit of the age we live in, but to document and compile the alien spirits of our time. (translated by MA Li)


Published by Where is the Zeitgeist?, China
Plastic sleeve containing

- Book "Of Modern Times and Ancient Sounds
   pp. 63, 19.8 x 12.7 cm.

- CD 'Crazy Music'
   "Ahk For Kwok: Crazy Music (1990)", length: 60'58"
   Recorded in New York, 21 April 1990

- Six postcards
   Color offset on cardboard, 14.5 x 9.5 cm. each

Philip Corner

Philip Corner (b. April 10, 1933, Bronx, New York). American composer, now resident in Italy, of interdisciplinary works that have been performed throughout the world; he is also active as a performer, visual artist and writer.

Mr. Corner studied composition with Mark Brunswick and musicianship and piano with Fritz Jahoda at the City College of New York, where he earned his BA in 1955, and composition with Henry Cowell and Otto Luening at Columbia University, where he earned his MA in 1959. He also studied analysis with Olivier Messiaen at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris from 1955–57, where he earned a deuxième prix, and studied piano privately with Dorothy Taubman in New York from 1961–75.

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