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Sonatas and Interludes

Artist: John Cage
John Cage - Sonatas and Interludes CD
Label: Col Legno
Regular Price: $18.95
On Sale For: $7.58 
Year: 1996
Format: CD


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These pieces are as fresh as the day they were written in the mid-Forties. It's Cage's penchant for the mother of necessity,subversion and childlike fascination for objects that keeps his work current. The pre-pared piano was an idea Henry Cowell suggested to Cage, althought Cowell himself never developed it. You place metal bolts, various screws,rubber pieces and erasers between the piano strings at specific points form the peg. To elicit the right vibration these readymade materials must be placed at places Cage went to the trouble of meticulously measuring to insure the most fruitful result. The effect is gamelan-like, a motley array of thuds,clings,pings,knocks and rasps. The music itself is based on Cage's interest at that time in the sheer beauty of numeric proportions,also measuring durational lengths not necessarily based on melodic or harmonic invention. In fact his teacher Schoenberg thought Cage hadn't a talent or"feel" for harmony. So Cage went on to create varying degrees of enchantment,pure joy and bacchanalian like rhythms. The fact we love these pieces today(there are numerous recordings) is part of the renewed interest in the purely beautiful, the spiritual. And Cage was certainly a pioneer long ago.
Markus Hinterhauser (piano)
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