Manuscript Excerpt: In the Name of the Holocaust

This piece refers to the Second World War.

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C.F Peters record

Date [year]: 
1942
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John Cage

A press photograph of a young John Cage, circa 1945

Date [year]: 
1945
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Manuscript Excerpt: Imaginary Landscape No. 5

Cage composed this piece for tape from fragments of 42 records, using the I-Ching to create structures; he created it at the studio of Bebe and Louis Baron.

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C.F Peters record

Date [year]: 
1952
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Program: The Living Theatre at Cherry Lane

John Cage worked closely with The Living Theatre on a number of projects. This concert, hosted by The Living Theatre, featured his "Sonatas & Interludes," arguably his first masterpiece.

Date [year]: 
1952
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Manuscript Excerpt: First Construction (in metal)

This is Cage's first work employing fixed rhythmic structures.

Date [year]: 
1939
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"Water Walk," interpreted by Paul Schuette

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In playing Cage's "Water Walk," performer Paul Schuette used various household appliances and other instruments.

Inside a Prepared Piano

This photograph shows the inside of a piano after Cage had placed objects between its strings.

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Manuscript Excerpt: Chess Pieces

A composition realized on a cardboard-based chess board, in honor of Marcel Duchamp

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C.F Peters record

Date [year]: 
1943
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Manuscript Excerpt: Aria

This aria may be sung in whole or in part, alone or with the Fontana mix or with any parts of the Concert (for piano and orchestra); for Cathy Berberian; composed in Milan, 1958. Text employs vowels, consonants, and words from five languages: Armenian, Russian, Italian, French, and English.

Date [year]: 
1960
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Manuscript Excerpt: Credo in US

Cage's first work to use a radio or record player; he suggests playing records of Beethoven, Dvorak, Shostakovich, or Sibelius.

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1942
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