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Offline Mandryka

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Re: John Cage's Number Pieces
« Reply #40 on: April 09, 2020, 10:48:58 AM »
OK, after hearing Gran Torso, I take that all back. That was a fascinating work of art. This is clearly a very, very skilled composer. I will try and get that Arditti Quartet disc. But no rush.

Yes, all three quartets are well worth hearing in fact.

There's something that Cage and Lachenmann have in common I think -- and it's very relevant to the number pieces. In both there is no sense of loss despite the absence of melody and rhythm. In both we're invited to simply enjoy sounds and silences, and somehow, that's quite enough.

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Re: John Cage's Number Pieces
« Reply #41 on: April 09, 2020, 01:09:56 PM »
108 [Largest number piece]. This is useful

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Number_Pieces

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Aha. I should have known, considering the significance of the number 108 in Buddhism (incl. Zen, and various Indian traditions fwiw).

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Re: John Cage's Number Pieces
« Reply #42 on: April 10, 2020, 11:15:50 PM »
Well in a way it looks as though I was too hasty to say that 108 is the largest, since we have 109 and 110 on this CD, though I’m not sure about the validity of the nomenclature.




I’ve most enjoyed the 108 and One9 on this CD, because there’s a sense of mystery and it’s nicely recorded. Be warned, it starts with a long period of silence. In truth 108 isn’t one of my favourite number pieces.



And there’s an old one here - it must have been danced to I guess.

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Re: John Cage's Number Pieces
« Reply #43 on: January 13, 2021, 10:10:15 PM »


https://anothertimbre.bandcamp.com/album/no-islands

Interesting pastoral performance of Four6 here, for an unusual set of instruments. You can imagine yourself lying in a field near a road and an industrial plant, on a balmy summer’s day,  and these are the sounds you’d hear! I came across it while investigating Sarah Hughes, I think she’s an interesting musician. Her zither really brings this Four6 to life.
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