Cage: Piano Works

Cage: Piano Works
Composer John Cage
Artist Giancarlo Simonacci piano
Marco Simonacci cello
Format 3 CD
Cat. number 9176
EAN code 5029365917629
Release June 2010

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About this release

John Cage (1912–92) is regarded as one of the most influential and controversial composers of the 20th century.

It is not only his music that this reputation is based on – his ideas were revolutionary, and he cast doubt on the supremacy of European art, and music when it was unchallenged and such views were considered heretic.

Cage rejected the status held by harmony, instrumentation, and even the development of music from one point to another. He disconnected harmony from rhythm to liberate western music from its hitherto privileged hierarchies – iconoclastic stuff for 1940s America!

Cage studied with Schoenberg in Los Angeles, and although he adopted the 12-tone technique he abandoned Schoenberg’s expressionist style.

Cage was also influenced the maverick composer – Erik Satie. Satie had also ridiculed the musical establishment, and Cage arranged Satie’s longest work Socrate (a monodrama for piano and voice) for two pianos. It is worth mentioning that Cage’s favourite Satie composition was Vexations, a short work for piano, with instructions that it may be performed 840 times without pause or change.

Other information:
- Recorded in 2009.
- Important repertoire and an ideal introduction to John Cage.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Three Easy Pieces (1933): Round
  2. Three Easy Pieces (1933): Duo
  3. Three Easy Pieces (1933): infinite CaNon
  4. Three Easy Pieces (1933): Quest
  5. Metamorphosis (1938): Metamorphosis I
  6. Metamorphosis (1938): Metamorphosis II
  7. Metamorphosis (1938): Metamorphosis III
  8. Metamorphosis (1938): Metamorphosis IV
  9. Metamorphosis (1938): Metamorphosis V
  10. Jazz study (1942)
  11. Tripled paced (first version, 1943): Tripled paced - 1a versione I
  12. Tripled paced (first version, 1943): Tripled paced - 1a versione II
  13. Tripled paced (first version, 1943): Tripled paced - 1a versione III
  14. Ad lib
  15. Soliloquy
  16. Ophelia
  17. Two pieces (1946): Two pieces I
  18. Two pieces (1946): Two pieces II
  19. in A landscape
  20. Dream
  21. Suite for toy Piano - versione per Pianoforte - I
  22. Suite for toy Piano - versione per Pianoforte - II
  23. Suite for toy Piano - versione per Pianoforte - III
  24. Suite for toy Piano - versione per Pianoforte - IV
  25. Suite for toy Piano - versione per Pianoforte - V
  26. Seven Haiku I
  27. Seven Haiku II
  28. Seven Haiku III
  29. Seven Haiku IV
  30. Seven Haiku V
  31. Seven Haiku vi
  32. Seven Haiku viI
  33. For M.C. and D.T.
  34. Waiting

Disk 2

  1. Socrate (1918) Drame symphonique en trois parties Transcription for two pianos by Cage (1944–1968): I Portrait de Socrate (Le Banquet)
  2. Socrate (1918) Drame symphonique en trois parties Transcription for two pianos by Cage (1944–1968): II Bords de l'Iliussus (Phèdre)
  3. Socrate (1918) Drame symphonique en trois parties Transcription for two pianos by Cage (1944–1968): III Morte de Socrate (Phédon)
  4. Cheap imitation (1969) I
  5. Cheap imitation (1969) II
  6. Cheap imitation (1969) III

Disk 3

  1. Etudes Boreales I (Piano)
  2. Etudes Boreales II (Piano)
  3. Etudes Boreales III (Piano)
  4. Etudes Boreales IV (Piano)
  5. Etudes Boreales I (cello)
  6. Etudes Boreales II (cello)
  7. Etudes Boreales III (cello)
  8. Etudes Boreales IV (cello)
  9. Etudes Boreales I (cello & Piano)
  10. Etudes Boreales II (cello & Piano)
  11. Etudes Boreales III (cello & Piano)
  12. Etudes Boreales IV (cello & Piano)