Episode #2721

Music for Prepared Piano

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Sunday, October 04, 2009

Popularized by John Cage to approximate the sound of a percussion orchestra, the prepared piano has been used by composers like Arvo Pärt, Mikel Rouse, and of course Cage himself. In Cage's use, the preparations consist of nuts, bolts and pieces of rubber to be lodged between and entwined around the strings, and can sound like mbiras, marimbas, bells, wood blocks, Indonesian gamelan instruments, to name a few. Mikel Rouse digitally incorporated sampled sounds of John Cage’s prepared piano into"International Cloud Atlas," the score to a Merce Cunningham dance piece "eyeSpace." Plus, Arvo Pärt made extensive use of a prepared piano in his double concerto for two violins, string orchestra, and prepared piano, "Tabula Rasa." Perhaps we'll also hear from Jason Moran, and more.

PROGRAM #2721, Music for Prepared Piano (First aired on Friday, 10/05/07)





Philipp Vandre

John Cage: Complete Short Works for Prepared Piano

Daughters of the Lonesome Isle , excerpt [2:00]

Mode #180/81** *

John Adams

The John Adams Earbox

John’s Book of Alleged Dances, #1 [2:30]

Nonesuch 10-CD box, #79453 ** Also available on a separate Nonesuch CD, #79465

Jason Moran


Gangsterism On a Lunchtable [3:00]

Blue Note #39838 **

Mikel Rouse

Love At Twenty

My Love’s Gone [5:00]

Download from iTunes, or *

Susanna And the Magical Orchestra

Melody Mountain

These Days [4:00]

Rune Grammofon #2057 *

Arvo Part

Tabula Rasa

Tabula Rasa [26:30]

ECM #1275 *

Philipp Vandre

John Cage: Complete Short Works for Prepared Piano

Music for Marcel Duchamp [7:00]

See above.

Comments [2]

Paul from Brooklyn

Is wondering what the opening piece was for the Sunday night show, feel like a bit of an idiot that can't navigate the site to find it. It was a setting of an apporx. 400 year old piece with clarinet, voice (tenor), guitar (and piano?) that was truly wonderful.

Oct. 05 2009 10:46 AM
jeffrey kapec from Westport CT

Can you please provide info on the recording that was played on Evening Music on October 4, 2009 between 10:15PM and 10:45 PM. It was performed by a female vocalist and an organist improvising on Pipe Organ. The music was nased on Old Norwegian Hymns

Thank you so Much

Jeffrey Kapec

Oct. 04 2009 11:17 PM

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