Manuscript Excerpt: Inlets

The musicians play 12 water-filled conch shells by tilting or blowing into them, with a tape recording — or live sounds — of pine cones burning.

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C.F Peters record

Date [year]: 
1977
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Manuscript Excerpt: Living Room Music

Any household objects or architectural elements may be used as instruments.

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C.F Peters record

Date [year]: 
1940
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Manuscript Excerpt: Music for "Works of Calder"

Cage composed this music for a Herbert Matter film about the artist Alexander Calder. The soundtrack included the noise, recorded in Calder's studio, of mobiles colliding into one another.

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Date [year]: 
1950
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Manuscript Excerpt: Lecture on the Weather

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation commission this piece in observance of the Bicentennial of the United States of America.

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C.F Peters record

Date [year]: 
1976
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"4'33"," with Full Orchestra

Description: 

Excerpted from a concert dedicated to John Cage, this video was named a the Top 10 video in Classical Music on the U.S. edition of the WeShow Awards.

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Manuscript Excerpt: Cheap Imitation for Violin and Piano

Cage based this work on a 1969 composition of the same name for piano; it was an arrangement of the third movement of Erik Satie's "Socrate."

NYPL catalog record

C.F Peters record

Date [year]: 
1977
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Cage and Tudor

A photograph of John Cage (at left) with his friend and collaborator David Tudor, circa 1954

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Manuscript Excerpt: Renga

Cage conceived of "Renga" as a score — 361 drawings by Thoreau sometimes superimposed — and 78 parts, for any instruments and/or voices, to be played alone or, as an occasional piece, with Apartment house 1776 or some other "musicircus" — live or recorded — appropriate to another occasion than the Bicentennial of the United States of America.

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C.F Peters record

Date [year]: 
1976
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Manuscript Excerpt: City Wears a Slouch Hat

Cage composed "City Wears a Slouch Hat" for a radio play of the same name, written by Kenneth Patchen for CBS in Chicago. Cage originally conceived of the work as an electronic piece, but CBS was unable to realize it in time for the production so he reworked the piece for percussion ensemble.

NYPL catalog record

C.F Peters record

Date [year]: 
1942
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John Cage Performs "Water Walk"

Description: 

John Cage performs "Water Walk" on the national television show "I've Got a Secret," in 1960.

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