Cage: Sonatas & Interludes


In the 1930s, John Cage set about inventing a one-man percussion ensemble using what he had at hand: the piano. By putting rubber erasers, metal bolts, bits of wood and similar materials at predetermined places on the strings inside the piano, Cage completely altered the sounds that occurred when he hit the keys. The resulting "prepared piano" evoked Indonesia and West Africa instead of Central Europe. 


Cage set about writing the first masterpiece for the prepared piano in the early 1940s.  The Sonatas and Interludes consists of a series of relatively brief, rhythmic works, some of them surprisingly melodic and strangely lyrical. All of them inhabit a mysterious musical space that must've had audiences in the '40s wondering what planet it came from.  This New Sounds program samples various recordings of John Cage's seminal "Sonatas and Interludes."

PROGRAM #1513, Cage’s “Sonatas & Interludes for Prepared Piano”      Fri., 4/3/98                                        





John Cage

The 25th year Retrospective Concert of the music of John Cage.

Sonata 1 (2:30)

Wergo #6247 (3-CD’s)

John Cage

Complete Piano Music Vom #1 (Steffen Schleiermachers

Sonatas 11-1V

MDG #613 0781 (3-CD’s) OR

John Cage

Sonatas & Interludes for Prepared Piano (Joshua Pierce)

Interkude 1 (3:00)

Wergo #60156

John Cage

Complete Piano Music Vol. 1 (Steffen Schleiermacher)

Sonata V (2:00)

See above.

John Cage

The 25 Year Retrospective Concert of the Music of John Cage (Mario Ajemiam)

Sonatas V1-V111  Interlude 11 (10:00

See above.

John Cage

Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano (Joshua Pierce)

Sonatas 1X-X11   Interlude 1V (14:00)

See above.

John Cage

Complete Piano Music, Vol 1 (Steffen Schleiermacher)

Sonatas 14 &15 (6:00)

See above.