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John Cage’s Living Room Music

I swear this is going to be the last article I am writing on any of John Cage’s creations for percussion ensembles for a very long time. I promise. In the meantime, here is my execution, together with a brief analysis, of Living Room Music, a piece for objects “of everyday use” written by John […] Read More

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Third Coast Percussion_flickr

This is my second post on Third Construction, the piece for percussion quartet written by John Cage in 1941. In my first post, I discussed and described the instruments that John Cage assigned to each of the four players. Today I will analyze the sheet music for this piece, specifically the following elements: timbre possibilities; […] Read More

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Tin Cans for John Cage's Third Contruction

Third Construction is one of the most complex pieces written by John Cage for percussion ensembles. This piece was actually composed in 1941 and was dedicated, as you can read on the last page of the score, to Xenia Kashevaroff, Cage’s wife at the time as well as percussionist in his orchestra. Third Construction is […] Read More

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Square root formula

In my last post we saw how the interest towards noise as musical material encouraged John Cage to write pieces for percussion instruments. Alright. But how to write noise on staff paper? On which basis should you build up such a music? Rhythm, harmony, pitches? Today, we’ll talk about the “square root formula”, John Cage's […] Read More

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John Cage

John Cage and percussion instruments – Part 1: Noise

Without John Cage the current music for percussion ensemble would be completely different. Actually, the concept of “percussion instruments” itself and of “percussionist” would be different. John Cage was a genius. And as all genius, the feelings you have when you listen or play his pieces, not only those for percussion ensemble, are most likely […] Read More

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