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ARTIST
TITLE
The Works For Piano 6
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
MODE 147CD MODE 147CD
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RELEASE DATE
6/21/2005

6th volume Mode's continuing series. Features: "Music Of Changes" (1951); "Suite For Toy Piano" (1948); "Seven Haiku" (1952); performed by Martine Joste (piano, toy piano), recorded 2003. "This disc collects three early piano works of John Cage, including his classic work for toy piano and early works composed using chance. 'Music Of Changes' is a seminal piece in 20th century composition because it is the first work to be fully composed using chance operations. The title makes reference to the ancient Confucian book the I-Ching which, together with lectures by the Japanese Zen master Suzuki, introduced Cage to the concepts of chance. The title also makes reference to Cage's change in musical direction with this work. Cage prepared charts of squares which indicated numbers for tempo, dynamics, sounds, duration, rests and overlapping of material. He then used chance operations based on these numbers to compose a piece -- devoid of personal choice and influences -- which was then conventionally notated. The element of noise is also introduced into the composition, with indications for sound to be made by closing the piano lid, pedal noise, playing inside the piano, knocking under the keyboard, etc."