Thursday, 23 April 2015

Band Bangs Things To Make Music - John Cage's Percussion Music of 1943

The concert that got John Cage noticed in New York, where he'd been a resident since late in 1942. For a few weeks he and his wife shacked up with Peggy Guggenheim and Max Ernst. Paul Bowles, writing for New York Herald Tribune, described it as 'good for the hearing...and ear massage'. The big deal as far as press coverage went was this piece in Life magazine. Among other things they played Cage's Construction In Metal, Amadeo Roldán's Rítmicas V & VI and Henry Cowell's Ostinato Pianissimo.

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