Manuscript Excerpt: Water Walk

"Water Walk" influenced the concept of performance art; Cage himself performed it on national television in 1960.

NYPL catalog record

C.F Peters record

Date [year]: 
1959
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Press Photo of Cage

This press photograph probably dates to the late 1950s.

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Directions for Preparing a Piano

Cage created this document to instruct performers of "Sonatas and Interludes." Such a precise description was necessary for the performer because the technique of preparing a piano was still a novelty.

Date [year]: 
1949
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Program: New Music Ensemble 1971

This concert illustrates the decision by the New Music Ensemble to perform "Song Books" with six other works of indeterminacy. The program includes stage directions for the performance.

Date [year]: 
1971
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Program: Museum of Modern Art

This program was for an early concert of all-percussion music under Cage's direction, sponsored by the League of Composers, among the first major concerts of Cage's work in New York City.
Date [year]: 
1943
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Program: Juilliard String Quartet

This concert featured works by the New York School composers Cage, Morton Feldman, Christian Wolff, and Earle Brown.

Date [year]: 
1956
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Cage's Reimbursement Receipts

Cage submitted a request, likely unsolicited, to The League of Composers to be reimbursed for costs incurred while composing "Sonatas & Interludes." Included here is the cover sheet from one of his expense reports; one receipt, from a hardware store, is for five large bolts, costing 95 cents.

Date [year]: 
1949
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John Cage

A press photo taken during the 1950s

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