Manuscript Excerpt: Double Music

Cage composed "Double Music" in collaboration with Lou Harrison; each composed two of the four parts independently of each other.

Date [year]: 
1941
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Manuscript Excerpt: Trio

Second movement incorporated into "Amores"

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C.F Peters record

Date [year]: 
1936
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Manuscript Excerpt: Four 4

Performers choose their instruments and assign numbers to them. Time brackets indicate the duration of sounds, with each bracket assigned to an instrument.

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C.F Peters record

Date [year]: 
1991
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Manuscript Excerpt: First Construction (in metal)

This is Cage's first work employing fixed rhythmic structures.

Date [year]: 
1939
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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: 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.

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C.F Peters record

Date [year]: 
1942
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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: 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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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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