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John Cage: Sonatas And Interludes For Prepared Piano

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Sonata I
Artist: John Cage
2:18
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Sonata II
Artist: John Cage
1:56
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Sonata III
Artist: John Cage
2:12
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Sonata IV
Artist: John Cage
1:50
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First Interlude
Artist: John Cage
3:50
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Sonata V
Artist: John Cage
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Sonata VI
Artist: John Cage
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Sonata VII
Artist: John Cage
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Sonata VIII
Artist: John Cage
2:44
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Second Interlude
Artist: John Cage
4:03
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Third Interlude
Artist: John Cage
2:51
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Sonata IX
Artist: John Cage
4:28
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Sonata X
Artist: John Cage
2:58
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Sonata XI
Artist: John Cage
3:51
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Sonata XII
Artist: John Cage
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Fourth Interlude
Artist: John Cage
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Sonata XIII
Artist: John Cage
3:53
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Sonata XIV And XV
Artist: John Cage
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Sonata XVI
Artist: John Cage
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Total Tracks: 19   Total Length: 58:45

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George Grella

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George Grella is a lapsed jazz musician, an unfinished composer and an accidental music writer. He’s played at, and/or in, CBGB, The Knitting Factory, Carnegie...more »

08.13.11
Giancarlo Cardini, John Cage: Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano
1999 | Label: Materiali Sonori / The Orchard

The piano was Cage’s main instrument as a composer and a musician; he made money here and there accompanying dance classes, and could guarantee performances of his works by writing them for himself to play, even though, as he acknowledged, he was never much more than an adequate player. It was also the medium in which he made this, his first great breakthrough as a composer and a thinker. He combined two practices he had… read more »

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A masterful masterpiece of masticated music

KfuMike

This seminal piece exudes an existential mood created by the juxtaposing of societal epistemological concepts of music and the sparse realities of Cage's atonal meandering chords, which are confined only by their metaphysical existence...ah, who the hell am I kidding, this sounds like a cat walking on a piano with a windchime tied to it's tail.

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Lovely and strange

carfare

So many of Cage’s later sound experiments are so austere, it’s something of a surprise to hear how pretty this music is. Sure, some of the pieces (like no. 6) can be a bit thorny, but by and large they’re warm and fuzzy. The interludes are particularly lilting. This is a great performance, too—-with Cardini’s appropriately percussive attack making the prepared piano sound like some kind of beatnik, shoe-string gamelan.