Manuscript Excerpt: This Perilous Night

Cage composed this work while separating from his wife, Xenia.

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C.F Peters record

Date [year]: 
1944
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About John Cage

Born in 1912, the son of an inventor, John Milton Cage, Jr. died in 1992 the father of musical invention. His studies during the 1930s with Henry Cowell and Arnold Schoenberg, two great figureheads of 20th century music, compelled Cage to follow a compositional path away from the discrete musical forms and self-centered values inherent to the western tradition and toward a music that invited all sounds — including silence — into an anarchy of compositional forms.

Manuscript Excerpt: Realization Variations V

The performance can consist of any number of performers using photoelectric cells and 13 or more amplified sounds.

Date [year]: 
1965
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Cage Preparing a Piano

John Cage prepares a piano by inserting objects between its strings. This innovative technique altered the piano's sound to emulate a percussion ensemble.

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Manuscript Excerpt: Rozart Mix

"Rozart Mix" consists of 12 tape recorders and a minimum of 88 tape loops; the loops may be of any sounds.

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C.F Peters record

Date [year]: 
1965
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Manuscript Excerpt: Cartridge Music

This piece utilizes the pick-up element, i.e., cartridge, of phonograph players. Performers insert objects into the opening of a cartridge to amplify its sound. They also use small contact microphones, often attached to furniture. The published score consists of transparencies that the performers lay upon one another to derive the individual parts.

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Date [year]: 
1960
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Manuscript Excerpt: Double Music

Cage composed "Double Music" in collaboration with Lou Harrison; each composed two of the four parts independently of each other.

Date [year]: 
1941
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"Aria," interpreted by Claron McFadden

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Claron McFadden performs Cage's "Aria," in Amsterdam, for Vrije Geluiden.

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Claron McFadden

Manuscript Excerpt: Fontana Mix

Performers prepare this work's parts from the superimposition of transparencies — for any number of tracks of magnetic tape, any number of instruments, and any number of performers.

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C.F Peters record

Date [year]: 
1958
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Manuscript Excerpt: Concert for Piano and Orchestra

This piece consists of solo parts for piano and orchestral instruments. It can be played as an instrumental solo or in combinations of solo instruments. Its parts are derived by chance procedures including the incorporation of imperfections of the paper upon which the parts are written.

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Date [year]: 
1958
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