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John Cage: The Ten Thousand Things (I Ching Edition) / Vicki Ray & Aaron Kallay, preparded piano; William Winant, percussion; Tom Peters, bass. John Cage, narrator

Album Summary

>Cage, John : The Ten Thousand Things
>Word, Spoken : Cage's Introduction to "45' for Speaker"
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This recording of John Cages' "The 10,000 Things" features a long lost recording of Cage reading his "45' for a Speaker" from 1962. Also included are new HD recordings of "26'1.1149" for a string player," "27'10.55" for percussionist," "31'57.9864" for prepared piano" & "34'46.776" for prepared piano" The album presents just one of the multiple relizations of the simultaneoius performance of all five pieces. The USB I Ching Player, however, enables the listeneer to hear the performance of the five solo works alone or in any combination, resulting in thiry-one completely different compositions! This USB edition also features essays by the project producer John Schneider and Cage expert David W. Berstein, as well as excerpts from the scores written by Cage. "The performances are crisp and crystalline, and the engineering and production are stellar" (New Music Box) "Even though John Cage was notoriously averse to recordings, he would nevertheless have loved this...An interactive computerized version of The Ten Thousand Things is the fulfillment of a dream he didn't even know he had." (James Pritchett, author The Music of John Cage)

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Aron Kallay (programming).

Recording information: 1962.


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Works Details

>Cage, John : The Ten Thousand Things
  • Performers: Tom Peters (Double Bass); William Winant (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 45 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953-1956

>Word, Spoken : Cage's Introduction to "45' for Speaker"
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic