Balinese Bacchanale


An arrangement of the Cage prepared piano work. For combined Balinese gamelan instruments. Arranged by Andrew McGraw and I Madé Subandi. Two differently tuned gamelan are combined to synthesize a non-tempered chromatic scale.

About The Artist
Ceraken, led by the renowned composer I Madé Subandi, is a Balinese music ensemble dedicated to traditional, contemporary and experimental Balinese music. Conceived and produced by Giovanni Sciarrino in July 2012, the project entailed arranging nine Cage prepared piano works for hybrid sets of gamelan and prepared gamelan.

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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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