John Cage: A Tribute / Joshua Pierce, piano & prepared piano; Robert White, tenor

Album Summary

>Cage, John : Four Walls, for voice & piano
>Cage, John : Primitive, for string piano
>Cage, John : In the Name of the Holocaust, for prepared piano
>Cage, John : Quest
>Cage, John : Our Spring Will Come
>Cage, John : Prelude, for piano, flute, bassoon, trumpet, violin & cello ("Prelude for six instruments")
>Cage, John : Ophelia
>Cage, John : Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano
>Cage, John : Three Songs, for voice & piano (Gertrude Stein)
>Cage, John : Pieces (2) for Piano [1946]
>Cage, John : Music for Marcel Duchamp, for prepared piano
>Cage, John : Spontaneous Earth, for prepared piano
>Cage, John : Three Easy Pieces, for piano
>Cage, John : The Unavailable Memory of, for prepared piano
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Pianist Joshua Pierce's highly expressive and rhythmic approach to the music of John Cage is a result of his 30-year association with Cage's music, an approach that has been heralded worldwide. This 2-CD tribute contains recordings made in 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999 and 2000.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
Pierce's performances come from concerts in 1994, 1995, 1998, and 2000; one includes musicians from Johnny Reinhard's American Festival of Microtonal Music Ensemble (including Reinhard himself playing bassoon, flutist Andrew Bolotowsky, trumpeter John Nelson, violinist Gregor Kitzis, and cellist David Eggaro). Those players are involved only in an arrangement of the Prelude for 6 Instruments in A minor as a piano sextet. (They play beautifully, by the way.) Mostly the two discs are taken up with piano music, including the monumental (and monumentally somber) Four Walls and the well known Sonatas and Interludes.



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Works Details

>Cage, John : Four Walls, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Joshua Pierce (Piano); Joshua Pierce (Prepared Piano)
  • Conductor: Johnny Reinhard
  • Ensemble: American Festival of Microtonal Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 9 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Cage, John : Primitive, for string piano
  • Performers: Joshua Pierce (Piano); Joshua Pierce (Prepared Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Cage, John : In the Name of the Holocaust, for prepared piano
  • Performers: Joshua Pierce (Prepared Piano); Joshua Pierce (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Cage, John : Quest
  • Performers: Joshua Pierce (Piano); Joshua Pierce (Prepared Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935

>Cage, John : Our Spring Will Come
  • Performers: Joshua Pierce (Prepared Piano); Joshua Pierce (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Cage, John : Prelude, for piano, flute, bassoon, trumpet, violin & cello ("Prelude for six instruments")
  • Performers: Joshua Pierce (Prepared Piano); Joshua Pierce (Piano)
  • Ensemble: American Festival of Microtonal Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946

>Cage, John : Ophelia
  • Performers: Joshua Pierce (Prepared Piano); Joshua Pierce (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946

>Cage, John : Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano
  • Performer: Joshua Pierce (Prepared Piano)
  • Running Time: 47 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Cage, John : Three Songs, for voice & piano (Gertrude Stein)
  • Performers: Robert White (Bodhran); Joshua Pierce (Piano); Joshua Pierce (Prepared Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1933
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Cage, John : Pieces (2) for Piano [1946]
  • Performer: Joshua Pierce (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Cage, John : Music for Marcel Duchamp, for prepared piano
  • Performers: Joshua Pierce (Piano); Joshua Pierce (Prepared Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1947
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Cage, John : Spontaneous Earth, for prepared piano
  • Performers: Joshua Pierce (Prepared Piano); Joshua Pierce (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Cage, John : Three Easy Pieces, for piano
  • Performer: Joshua Pierce (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1933
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Cage, John : The Unavailable Memory of, for prepared piano
  • Performers: Joshua Pierce (Piano); Joshua Pierce (Prepared Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Cage, John : Pieces (2) for Piano [1946]
  • Performer: Joshua Pierce (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946
  • Studio/Live: Live