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SCENE Cage: Complete Piano Music Vol 2 / Schleiermacher

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  1. Cage — Music for 5 Pianos $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Cage — Music for Piano 1 $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Cage — Music for Piano 2 $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Cage — Music for Piano 3 $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Cage — Music for Piano 4-5 $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Cage — Music for Piano 6-13
  7. Cage — Music for Piano 14-18 $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Cage — Music for Piano 19 $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Cage — Music for Piano 20 $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Cage — Music for 4 Pianos $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Cage — Music for Piano 21-27
  12. Cage — Music for Piano 28-30 $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Cage — Music for Piano 31-36 $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Cage — Music for 3 Pianos $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Cage — Music for Piano 37-40 $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Cage — Music for Piano 41-44 $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Cage — Music for Piano 45-48 $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Cage — Music for Piano 49-52 $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Cage — Music for 2 Pianos I $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Cage — Music for Piano 53-68
  21. Cage — Music for 2 Pianos II $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Cage — Music for Piano 69 $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Cage — Music for Piano 70 $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Cage — Music for Piano 71 $0.99 on iTunes
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  31. Cage — Music for Piano 78 $0.99 on iTunes
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  36. Cage — Music for Piano 83 $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Cage — Music for Piano 84 $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Cage — Music for Piano 85 $0.99 on iTunes
  39. Cage — Electronic Music for 2 Pianos

Album Summary

>Cage, John : Music for...
>Cage, John : Music for Piano 1, for piano
>Cage, John : Music for Piano 2, for piano
>Cage, John : Music for Piano 3, for piano
>Cage, John : Music for Piano 4 - 19, for piano or any number of pianos
>Cage, John : Music for Piano 20, for piano
>Cage, John : Music for 4 Pianos, for 4 overdubbed pianos (arranged by Steffen Schleirmacher from Music for Piano
>Cage, John : Music for Piano 21 - 36, for piano or any number of pianos
>Cage, John : Music for 3 Pianos, for 3 overdubbed pianos (arranged by Steffen Schleirmacher from Music for Piano
>Cage, John : Music for Piano 37 - 52, for piano or any number of pianos
>Cage, John : Winter Music, for 1 to 20 pianos
>Cage, John : Music for Piano 53 - 68, for piano or any number of pianos
>Cage, John : Music for Piano 69 - 84, for piano or any number of pianos
>Cage, John : Music for Piano 85, for piano and electronics
>Cage, John : Electronic Music for Piano, for piano solo & electronic sounds
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
This set is devoted to the Music for Piano series almost entirely written in the 1950s, which is neglected and mostly unavailable. You can see why performers have found these pieces less attractive. After Cage's crisis year of 1952, which saw him produce the so-called silent piece 4'33", he was obsessed with removing his own tastes and desires from his compositions. Before he became fully committed to the I Ching's random numbers he marked out imperfections in the manuscript paper he was using as a way of getting the notes. He said he looked at his paper and suddenly realised that all the music was there. This procedure also settled the density of notes on the page. In the whole series the performer is left to decide dynamics and pace in a continuity dominated by single notes. If this sounds austere, we're reckoning without Schleiermacher's ingenuity. Cage specifies various types of sound production, apart from the use of the keys: primarily plucking the strings from inside or muting them. As in Schleiermacher's prepared piano recordings, the quality of sound has been carefully considered. A muted low note or a single plucked string can be marvellously evocative in conjunction with conventionally produced pitches. The ambience of the prepared piano isn't far away. Further, Schleiermacher avails himself of Cage's provision for several of these pieces to be played together, which he does at intervals in the series. Since we've heard the same pieces solo, the superimposed versions bring back familiar material in a fascinating way.

Fastidiously researched and performed, Schleiermacher says he's taken the pieces seriously.

In so doing he's begun a new chapter of virtually unknown Cage.



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>Cage, John : Music for...
  • Performer: Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
  • Notes: Furstliche Reitbahn Arolsen (12/06/1996-12/08/1996)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1984

>Cage, John : Music for Piano 1, for piano
  • Performer: Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
  • Notes: Furstliche Reitbahn Arolsen (12/06/1996-12/08/1996)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952

>Cage, John : Music for Piano 2, for piano
  • Performer: Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
  • Notes: Furstliche Reitbahn Arolsen (12/06/1996-12/08/1996)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Cage, John : Music for Piano 3, for piano
  • Performer: Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
  • Notes: Furstliche Reitbahn Arolsen (12/06/1996-12/08/1996)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Cage, John : Music for Piano 4 - 19, for piano or any number of pianos
  • Performer: Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
  • Notes: Furstliche Reitbahn Arolsen (12/06/1996-12/08/1996)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Cage, John : Music for Piano 20, for piano
  • Performer: Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
  • Notes: Furstliche Reitbahn Arolsen (12/06/1996-12/08/1996)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Cage, John : Music for 4 Pianos, for 4 overdubbed pianos (arranged by Steffen Schleirmacher from Music for Piano
  • Performer: Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
  • Notes: Furstliche Reitbahn Arolsen (12/06/1996-12/08/1996)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1998

>Cage, John : Music for Piano 21 - 36, for piano or any number of pianos
  • Performer: Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
  • Notes: Furstliche Reitbahn Arolsen (12/06/1996-12/08/1996)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1955

>Cage, John : Music for 3 Pianos, for 3 overdubbed pianos (arranged by Steffen Schleirmacher from Music for Piano
  • Performer: Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
  • Notes: Furstliche Reitbahn Arolsen (12/06/1996-12/08/1996)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1998

>Cage, John : Music for Piano 37 - 52, for piano or any number of pianos
  • Performer: Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
  • Notes: Furstliche Reitbahn Arolsen (12/06/1996-12/08/1996)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1955

>Cage, John : Winter Music, for 1 to 20 pianos
  • Performer: Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
  • Notes: Furstliche Reitbahn Arolsen (12/06/1996-12/08/1996)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1957

>Cage, John : Music for Piano 53 - 68, for piano or any number of pianos
  • Performer: Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
  • Notes: Furstliche Reitbahn Arolsen (12/06/1996-12/08/1996)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956

>Cage, John : Winter Music, for 1 to 20 pianos
  • Performer: Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
  • Notes: Furstliche Reitbahn Arolsen (12/06/1996-12/08/1996)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1957

>Cage, John : Music for Piano 69 - 84, for piano or any number of pianos
  • Performer: Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
  • Notes: Furstliche Reitbahn Arolsen (12/06/1996-12/08/1996)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956

>Cage, John : Music for Piano 85, for piano and electronics
  • Performer: Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
  • Notes: Furstliche Reitbahn Arolsen (12/06/1996-12/08/1996)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1962

>Cage, John : Electronic Music for Piano, for piano solo & electronic sounds
  • Performer: Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
  • Notes: Furstliche Reitbahn Arolsen (12/06/1996-12/08/1996)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1965