"Aria," interpreted by Sabina Meyer

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Società Aquilana dei Concerti "B.Barattelli," Italy; February 18, 2007; video by Theo Eshetu

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Sabina Meyer

Manuscript Excerpt: Imaginary Landscape No. 1

Among Cage's earliest electro-acoustical works, "Imaginary Landscape No. 1" uses a piano and two turntables, which play frequency records.

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C.F Peters record

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1939
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John Cage with David Tudor

A photograph of John Cage (at left) with his friend and collaborator David Tudor

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1956
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Manuscript Excerpt: Etudes Australes

The title "Etudes Australes," its published introduction explains, "comes from Atlas australis, a book of star maps which was used in the compositional process."

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Date [year]: 
1974
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"Aria," interpreted by Claron McFadden

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Claron McFadden performs Cage's "Aria," in Amsterdam, for Vrije Geluiden.

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Claron McFadden

Manuscript Excerpt: Concert for Piano and Orchestra

This piece consists of solo parts for piano and orchestral instruments. It can be played as an instrumental solo or in combinations of solo instruments. Its parts are derived by chance procedures including the incorporation of imperfections of the paper upon which the parts are written.

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Date [year]: 
1958
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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.

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1952
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"Water Walk," interpreted by Paul Schuette

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In playing Cage's "Water Walk," performer Paul Schuette used various household appliances and other instruments.

Manuscript Excerpt: Chess Pieces

A composition realized on a cardboard-based chess board, in honor of Marcel Duchamp

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1943
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Manuscript Excerpt: Aria

This aria may be sung in whole or in part, alone or with the Fontana mix or with any parts of the Concert (for piano and orchestra); for Cathy Berberian; composed in Milan, 1958. Text employs vowels, consonants, and words from five languages: Armenian, Russian, Italian, French, and English.

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1960
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