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

Disk 2

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

Disk 3

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