"Sonata No. 1," interpreted by Pavel Ruminov

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Instrumentation includes a prepared piano.

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Pavel Ruminov

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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Inside a Prepared Piano

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

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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

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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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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