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CAGE, John
b Los Angeles, 5 September 1912
d. New York, 12 Aug. 1992 aged eighty.

He was the son of an inventor. After leaving Pomona College in Claremont in 1930 he went to Paris, Berlin and Madrid to study music, art and architecture. On returning to California he studied with Weiss, Cowell and Schoenberg, and took courses in theory at the University of California in Los Angeles. In 1937 he moved to Seattle, becoming composer-accompanist at the Cornish School. He organised a percussion orchestra in Seattle in 1938, and in 1939 moved to San Francisco. In 1941 he went to Chicago to give courses in New Music.

1933 (21)

Sonata for solo clarinet

1934 (22)

Six Short Inventions for seven instruments

1938 (26)

Metamorphosis, for piano

1939 (27)

First Construction (In Metal), for percussion sextet

Imaginary Landscape No 1, for two variable-speed phonoturntables, frequency recordings, muted piano and cymbal

1941 (29)

Double Music, for percussion

1942 (30)

Wonderful Widow of 10 Springs, for voice and closed piano

1943 (31)

She is Asleep, for twelve tom-toms, voice and prepared piano

Amores, for prepared piano and percussion

Perilous Night, suite for prepared piano (1943-4)

1944 (32)

A Book of Music, for two prepared pianos

Three Dances for two amplified prepared pianos (1944-5)

1945-8 (34-6)

Sonatas and Interludes for prepared pianos

1950 (38)

String Quartet in Four Parts

1951 (39)

Concerto for prepared piano and chamber orchestra

Music of Changes, for piano

Imaginary Landscape No 4, for twelve radios, twenty-four players and conductor

1952 (40)

Water Music, for pianist with accessory instruments

Williams Mix, for eight-track tape

4' 38" (tacet), for piano, in four movements

1953-6 (41-4)

Music for piano 1984 for 1-84 pianists'

1954 (43)

34' 46.776" for a pianist, for prepared piano

1955 (43)

26' 7.1499" for a string player

1957-8 (45-6)

Winter Music, for one to twenty pianists

Concerto for piano and orchestra (one to thirteen instrumental parts)

1958 (46)

Variations I, for any kind and number of instruments

Fontana Mix, (a)

a score for the production of one or more tape tracks or for any kind and number of instruments

(b)

prerecorded tape material to be performed in any way

1960 (48)

Cartridge Music

Theater Piece, for one to eight performers

1961 (49)

Music for Carillon, No 4

Variations Il

Atlas eclipticalis, for orchestra (1961-2)

1963 (51)

Variations III

Variations IV

1965 (53)

Variations V

1966 (54)

Variations VI

1967-9 (55-7)

H P S C H D, for seven harpsichords and fifty-two computer generated tapes (with Lejaren Hiller)

1969 (57)

Cheap Imitation, for piano

1970 (58)

Song Books

1971 (59)

Les Chants de Maldoror, for French-speaking audience of not more than 200

Mesostics, for amplified voice

WGBH-TV, for composer and technicians

1972 (60)

Bird Cage, for twelve tapes

1973 (61)

Etcetera, for small orchestra and tape

1974 (62)

Score and twenty-three parts

Two Pieces for piano

1974-5 (62-3)

Etudes Australe, thirty-two pieces for piano

1975 (63)

Child of Tree, for percussion using amplified plant material

Lecture on the Weather, for twelve instruments/voices, tapes and film

1976 (64)

Apartment House, mixed media event

Branches, for percussion solo and amplified plant material

Quartet for twelve amplified voices and concert band

Quartets I-VIII

Renga, for seventy-eight instruments and voices

1977 (65)

Freeman Etudes, for violin

Telephones and Birds, for three performers

Inlets, for four performers with couch shells

49 Waltzes for Five Boroughs

1978 (66)

A Dip in the Lake, for undetermined forces

Chorals for violin

1980 (68)

Litany for the Whale, vocal work for two voices

1981 (69)

Thirty Pieces for five orchestras

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