John Cage (1912-1992) Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano (1946-48)
Boris Berman, piano
Sonata I Sonata II Sonata III Sonata IV First Interlude
Sonata V 0:07 Sonata VI 1:58 Sonata VII 4:27 Sonata VIII 6:58 Second Interlude 9:53
Third Interlude Sonata IX Sonata X Sonata XI
Sonata XII Fourth Interlude Sonata XIII
Sonata XIV and XV "Gemini" (after Richard Lippold) Sonata XVI
The American composer John Cage had a seminal influence on the American avant garde and on music throughout the world. His interests in Zen Buddhism, the I Ching and in Hinduism were reflected in his innovative and experimental music in which he extended the musical vocabulary to include elements of noise and chance. "Sonatas and Interludes", written between 1946 and 1948, is a set of pieces for prepared piano, an instrument into which objects have been inserted - screws, bolts, plastic and rubber, to give various percussive effects. The work reflects Cages approach to the use of unusual sounds and his interest in Hinduism, with its distinction between 'white' and 'black' emotions, set around central tranquillity.
Painting: "Delaware Gap" (1958) by Franz Kline
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Cage is most famous for his use of indeterminacy in music, thus freeing the music of any...