"Sonata No. 1," interpreted by Pavel Ruminov

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Instrumentation includes a prepared piano.

Artist Name: 
Pavel Ruminov

Manuscript Excerpt: In the Name of the Holocaust

This piece refers to the Second World War.

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C.F Peters record

Date [year]: 
1942
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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.

Date [year]: 
1952
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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: Chess Pieces

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

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C.F Peters record

Date [year]: 
1943
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Manuscript Excerpt: Credo in US

Cage's first work to use a radio or record player; he suggests playing records of Beethoven, Dvorak, Shostakovich, or Sibelius.

Date [year]: 
1942
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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: Music for "Works of Calder"

Cage composed this music for a Herbert Matter film about the artist Alexander Calder. The soundtrack included the noise, recorded in Calder's studio, of mobiles colliding into one another.

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Date [year]: 
1950
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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.

NYPL catalog record

C.F Peters record

Date [year]: 
1942
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"Suite for Toy Piano," interpreted by Steve Butters

Description: 

Instrumentation includes a toy piano.

Artist Name: 
Steve Butters

Suite for Toy Piano instruments: piano

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