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John Cage, Joshua Pierce, Maro Ajemian, Marilyn Crispell, Joseph Kubera

Works For Piano, Toy Piano & Prepared Piano · Vol. III

Label: Wergo

Format: CD

Genre: Compositional

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*2022 stock* It may come as a surprise but one of the leading creators of keyboard music in the twentieth century is a composer by the name of John Cage. Cage’s reputation is so deeply associated with the avantgarde, with chance music, graphic notation, performance art, technology and Zen Buddhism that is early, conventionally-notated music for percussion ensemble and keyboards is sometimes neglected. Or was until recently. In the last few years – with the advent of performances and recordings like this one – there has been a renewed appreciation of Cage’s achievements in the earlier part of his creative life.

Of course, Cage’s keyboard music is not just keyboard music. Cage’s once infamous “prepared piano” – born out of need as well as desire – is a keyboard instrument unto itself , as different from the romantic piano as that instrument is from the baroque harpsichord. But even in his “unprepared” piano music, Cage shows his individuality and distance from European tradition. This production received the quarterly German Record Critics' Award.


Cat. number: WER 6158-2, 286 158-2

Suite for Toy Piano (1948) The Seasons / Ballet in one Act (1947) (version for piano) for Lincoln Kirstein Music for Amplified Toy Pianos (1960) (version for three toy pianos) first recording A Book of Music (1944) for two prepared pianos / for [a1433251] and [a1433248] Suite for Toy Piano (version for piano) first recording Edition Peters, New York, London, Frankfurt © Henmar Press Inc. Recorded 1976 through 1989 Cover Design: © 1990 John Cage Photography: © Roberto Sadek, Sao Paulo ℗ 1989 WERGO Schallplatten GmbH, Mainz, Germany © 1989 WERGO Schallplatten GmbH, Mainz, Germany Manufactured in Germany. Printed in Germany. --- Jewel case packaging with 16-page booklet This recording of A Book of Music (with Sonatas And Interludes) was initially released on [m=197166]