Monday, November 28, 2005



For what it’s worth, after a bit of buying, the unowned Cage list continues to shrink!  I’m down to about 17 works that I currently cannot review.  Two of those may not even really exist (the Tomato Marriage at the Eiffel Tower / Four Dances recording, specifically).  A few of them are expensive (the Europeras for example) or completely, insanely, totally outrageously expensive (Barton Workshop for example).  

It’s interesting to me that many of Cage’s early works from the 30’s are scattered across miscellaneous compilations, and have never been incorporated into the “normal” Cage music collections and labels.  

Perhaps Mode needs to make a new release:

John Cage Volume 38: Early Works Hardly Anyone Cares Much About
Sonata for Clarinet
Music for Wind Instruments
Three Pieces for Flute Duet
Five Songs for Contralto
Three Songs for Voice and Piano
Greek Ode
First Chapter of Ecclesiastes
     Untitled Composition
Marriage at the Eiffel Tower
Composition for Three Voices
Sonata for Two Voices
Prelude for Six Instruments in A Minort
Solo with Obbligato Accompaniment...

I bet most of it would even fit on one disc, assuming of course the current owners of the unpublished scores are not  cruel and dastardly and would let them be used...


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