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Silence; Lectures and Writings - Part 5 Summary & Analysis

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The writings in this section explore the relationship between modern music and modern dance which, as they evolved, influenced each other significantly.

"Four Statements on the Dance" The author begins this section with a description of how he became involved in creating compositions for dance companies, in particular the company formed and led by Merce Cunningham (see "Important People.")

"Goal: New Music, New Dance" (published 1939). This essay argues that as contemporary music evolves, freedom from the "old sounds" will emerge, at least partly as the result of new emphasis on, and new understanding of, rhythm and the value of percussion instruments. The author suggests that dancers and choreographers, whose work is ultimately defined by rhythm, will benefit a great deal from this transition. The article concludes with anecdotes from the author referring to how what had once been true is revealed to be false, but...

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