Cage: Complete Music for Prepared Piano

Cage: Complete Music for Prepared Piano
Composer John Cage
Artist Giancarlo Simonacci prepared piano
Format 3 CD
Cat. number 8189
EAN code 5029365818926
Release April 2006

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About this release

John Cage was one of the most influential composers of the twentieth century with a highly original approach to music.

Oriental influences and a lack of harmonic progress are main features of this music. As are rhythmic regularity and a lack of tension.

Remarkably the pieces cover a relatively short period of time: 1940-1951. After this Cage moved on to different means of expression including both conventional ensembles and forms and certainly at the time unconventional materials like plants, telephones and taped music.

This set offers an opportunity to (re)discover one of the pioneers of 20th-century music. Cage was definitely an avant-garde composer, but especially this repertoire for prepared piano proves to be unexpectedly accessible.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Bacchanale (1940)
  2. And the Earth Shall Bear Again (1942)
  3. Primitive (1942)
  4. In the Name of the Holocaust (1942)
  5. Our Spring will come (1943)
  6. Totem Ancestor (1943)
  7. A Room (1943)
  8. Tossed as it is Untroubled (1943)
  9. The Perilous Night (1943-44): I.
  10. The Perilous Night (1943-44): II.
  11. The Perilous Night (1943-44): III.
  12. The Perilous Night (1943-44): IV.
  13. The Perilous Night (1943-44): V.
  14. The Perilous Night (1943-44): VI.
  15. Root of an Unfocus (1944)
  16. The Unavailable Memory of (1944)
  17. Spontaneous Earth (1944)
  18. Tripled Paced (second version) (1944)
  19. A Valentine Out of Season (1944): I.
  20. A Valentine Out of Season (1944): II.
  21. A Valentine Out of Season (1944): III.
  22. Prelude for Meditation (1944)
  23. Mysterious Adventure (1945)

Disk 2

  1. Sonatas and Interludes (1946-48): Sonata I
  2. Sonatas and Interludes (1946-48): Sonata II
  3. Sonatas and Interludes (1946-48): Sonata III
  4. Sonatas and Interludes (1946-48): Sonata IV
  5. Sonatas and Interludes (1946-48): First Interlude
  6. Sonatas and Interludes (1946-48): Sonata V
  7. Sonatas and Interludes (1946-48): Sonata VI
  8. Sonatas and Interludes (1946-48): Sonata VII
  9. Sonatas and Interludes (1946-48): Sonata VIII
  10. Sonatas and Interludes (1946-48): Second Interlude
  11. Sonatas and Interludes (1946-48): Third Interlude
  12. Sonatas and Interludes (1946-48): Sonata IX
  13. Sonatas and Interludes (1946-48): Sonata X
  14. Sonatas and Interludes (1946-48): Sonata XI
  15. Sonatas and Interludes (1946-48): Sonata XII
  16. Sonatas and Interludes (1946-48): Fourth Interlude
  17. Sonatas and Interludes (1946-48): Sonata XIII
  18. Sonatas and Interludes (1946-48): Sonata XIV and XV "Gemini" after the work by Richard Lippold
  19. Sonatas and Interludes (1946-48): Sonata XVI
  20. Amores for Prepared Piano and Percussion (1943): I
  21. Amores for Prepared Piano and Percussion (1943): II
  22. Amores for Prepared Piano and Percussion (1943): III
  23. Amores for Prepared Piano and Percussion (1943): IV

Disk 3

  1. Daughters of the Lonesome Isle (1945)
  2. Music for Marcel Duchamp (1947)
  3. Works of Calder (1949-50): I.
  4. Works of Calder (1949-50): II.
  5. Two Pastorales (1952): No. 1
  6. Two Pastorales (1952): No. 2
  7. Concerto for Prepared Piano and Chamber Orchestra (1950-51): First part (1-62)
  8. Concerto for Prepared Piano and Chamber Orchestra (1950-51): Second part (62-124)
  9. Concerto for Prepared Piano and Chamber Orchestra (1950-51): Third part (124-158)