Manuscript Excerpt: Black Mountain Piece

These are timings for a projector that projected images during a multimedia performance at Black Mountain College in 1952. Often considered the first "happening," the event featured performances by dancer Merce Cunningham, pianist David Tudor, and poet Charles Olson. Robert Rauschenberg suspended his "White Painting" from the ceiling and played phonograph records during the performance.

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Date [year]: 
1952
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Manuscript Excerpt: 0'00''

"To be performed any way by anyone."

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C.F Peters record

Date [year]: 
1962
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"Suite for Toy Piano," interpreted by Steve Butters

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Instrumentation includes a toy piano.

Artist Name: 
Steve Butters

Suite for Toy Piano instruments: piano

"Sonata V," Interpreted by Bobby Mitchell

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Sonata V from "Sonatas and Interludes," for prepared piano, featuring Bobby Mitchell, piano and preparation; photography by Katy Mitchell

Artist Name: 
Bobby Mitchell

Program: Music for Percussion Orchestra, Arts Club of Chicago

This is the program from an early concert of all percussion music directed by John Cage, notable in American music as a percussion-only concert.

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Manuscript Excerpt: 30 Pieces for String Quartet

This piece uses proportional notation within time brackets. Cage instructed players to sit far apart from one another within the performance space.

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C.F Peters record

Date [year]: 
1983
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Manuscript Excerpt: Child of Tree

Typically coupled with the piece "Branches," this work provides instuctions on how to select the instruments to be played. Each instrument must be a plant or made from a plant.

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C.F Peters record

Date [year]: 
1975
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Manuscript Excerpt: Songbooks Sketches

Excerpts from sketches that illustrate I-Ching figurations. "Song Books" can also be performed with other works of indeterminacy, such as "4'33''" and/or "Radio Music."

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C.F Peters record

Date [year]: 
1970
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Manuscript Excerpt: Bacchanale

This is Cage's first work for prepared piano. Lack of stage space prohibited Cage from using the percussion ensemble originally conceived for this work. His solution was to create a piano that sounded like a group of percussion instruments, accomplished by inserting objects between the piano's stings.

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Date [year]: 
1940
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"4'33"," interpreted by The Anta Project

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The Anta Project sonically transforms the US/Mexico Border Wall and Sound Ecology through performance. This release of John Cage's "4'33"," as arranged by Glenn Weyant for the Nogales Arizona/Sonora Border Wall and International Landscape, transforms the wall from a symbol of fear and loathing into an instrument. In his notes on "4'33"," Cage stated the work need not be beholden to either a timeframe or an instrument. Hence, this interpretation's audio version runs well past four minutes and 33 seconds. The performers would like to note that this performance began "long before it started and continues as we speak." The creaks, pops, and groans occur as the morning sun heats the Nogales Wall and are audible to the ear without any amplification or alteration. The performers encourage viewers to visit the Nogales Wall to hear it for themselves, in real time.

Artist Name: 
Glenn Weyant
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