John Cage 2012Composer John Cage (1912–1992) paid attention to the 99% of sound that was not previously called "music." This even led him to explore what was previously thought of as "silence." Because he challenged existing notions of music in such a fundamental way, his ideas still provoke and inspire.

Cage visited New England Conservatory for a festival of his music in 1991. In 2012, we celebrated his centennial with performances by NEC's musicians here and elsewhere in Boston. Cage continued to appear on NEC concert programs for the remainder of the 2012/2013 academic year. Some of these performances are available for streaming at NEC's InstantEncore channel, as noted on this page.

2012-06-19 Boston Musical Intelligencer review
"passionate about just about every note there might be on the planet"

Works performed in these concerts

1935 Two Pieces for Piano
1939–1942 Imaginary Landscapes
1940 Bacchanale
1941 Third Construction
1942 Credo in US
1942 Jazz Study
1943 A Room listen to this performance at InstantEncore
1943 She Is Asleep
1944 Prelude for Meditation
1945 Experiences I
1946 Two Pieces 1946 listen to this performance at InstantEncore
1946–1948 Sonatas and Interludes selections 2012-11-07 | complete performance at InstantEncore
1948 Dream
1948 In a Landscape listen to this performance at InstantEncore
1948 Suite for Toy Piano listen to this performance at InstantEncore
1950 Six Melodies
1950 String Quartet in four parts
1950–1951 Concerto for Prepared Piano and Chamber Orchestra
1951 Five Haiku listen to this performance at InstantEncore
1951 Music of Changes
1951–1952 Seven Haiku
1952 Water Music listen to this performance at InstantEncore
1952–1962 Music for Piano listen to this performance at InstantEncore
1953–1955 26′1.1499″ for a String Player
1954 31′57.9864″ for a Pianist
1956 27′10.554″ for a Percussionist
1957 solo from Concert for Piano and Orchestra
1957 Winter Music
1958 Music Walk
1960 Cartridge Music
1961–1962 Atlas Eclipticalis
1972 Cheap Imitation
1973 Etcetera
1974–1975 Etudes Australes listen to this performance at InstantEncore
1976 Apartment House 1776
1978 Chorals
1982 Postcard from Heaven
1983 Ear for Ear
1984–1987 Music for __
1985 But what about the noise of crumpling paper …
1987 Music for Two listen to this performance at InstantEncore
1989 Four
1989 Swinging
1992 58

Concert dates

Some of these concerts are available at NEC's InstantEncore channel, as noted above in chronological works list. Many of the concerts were recorded. Visitors to NEC's Firestone Library may listen to recordings of these and other NEC concerts.

2011-12-31 But what about the noise of crumpling paper …
2012-02-06 piano music
2012-02-22 piano music
2012-02-27 complete Sonatas and Interludes, complete Music for Piano
2012-03-01 Apartment House 1776 at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
2012-03-05 Music Walk
2012-03-13 Chorals
2012-04-02 Etcetera
2012-05-03 Stephen Drury performs Cage
2012-09-27 58 at Christian Science Plaza
2012-10-09 Concerto for Prepared Piano
2012-10-26 John Cage in Boston and Cambridge piano seminar
2012-10-30 Cheap Imitation part of Open For'm
2012-11-07 Imaginary Landscapes of John Cage
2012-11-18 Third Construction
2012-12-11 Postcard from Heaven

In June 2012, NEC's Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP) focused on Cage's music as well as that of his colleague and friend Christian Wolff, who was SICPP composer-in-residence this year.

2012-06-17 SICPP: Cage, Wolff
2012-06-18 SICPP: Cage, Wolff
2012-06-19 SICPP: Cage
2012-06-20 SICPP: Cage, Rzewski, Vines
2012-06-21 SICPP: Steffen Schleiermacher
2012-06-22 SICPP: Lucier, Wolff
2012-06-23 SICPP: Iditarod

2013-07-22


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