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Grock the Clown

Grock_1928Or Grock: Où, ça? [trans.: How’s that?]
(J’ai une idée.) [trans.: I have an idea.]
Grock: Où, ça’?

The Cantos of Ezra Pound, LXXXVII 589

I learned of Grock the Clown through the back door—Luciano Berio’s Sequenza V. Berio wrote of Sequenza V, “What weaves its way in and out of Sequenza V is the memory of Grock (Adriano Wettach), the last of the great clowns.” Sequenza V is an “homage to Grock and to the English version of his warum – why – which is the generative nucleus of the piece.” [citation] Continue reading