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Music For Keyboard 1935-1948
A series of Japanese-only reissues from 2003 by Sony of John Cage-related documents, rescuing these historic recordings back to the public view after decades of exclusion.
Music For Keyboard
is THE famous double LP of Cage's early piano music (including his first prepared piano works), originally issued by Columbia in 1970. Produced by David Behrman, performed by Jeanne Kirstein (prepared piano, piano, toy piano). Recorded 1969; reproduction of the original Richard Kostelanetz liner notes included. Features: "Two Pieces" (1938); "Metamorphosis" (1938); "Bacchanale" (1938), "The Perilous Night" (1944); "Tossed As It Is Untroubled" (1943), "A Valentine Out of Season" (1944), "Root of an Unfocus" (1944); "Two Pieces" (1946); "Prelude for Meditation" (1944); "Music for Marcel Duchamp" (1947); "Suite For Toy Piano" (1948); "Dream" (1948). From Richard Kostelanetz's liner notes: "...their distinctive rhythms and unusual tonalities make these pieces as instantly recognizable as Cage's own face and voice; for the paradox is that although many of his compositional constraints function to deny both personal habit and tasteful choice, they also create a particular style of
sound in time
that is unmistakably Cagean." This was a Japanese-only CD for a long time, but just recently issued in the U.S. on the New World Records label...
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