What's The Score?

Potter, Keith. 2004. What's The Score? The Independent, [Article]

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Nearly 12 years after John Cage's death, in August 1992, many of the opinions about the significance, or insignificance, of this maverick genius among American composers remain unshakeable. Steve Reich, for instance, affirms a real love for the melodic or highly rhythmic, sometimes gamelan-influenced percussion and prepared-piano music that Cage wrote before 1951. In that year, Cage began using chance operations, and Reich completely denigrates everything he did during the ensuing four decades.

In the John Cage Uncaged weekend, Reich would be happiest at Sunday lunchtime with Rolf Hind's selection of the 1946-48 Sonatas and Interludes, Cage's magnificent collection of pieces for a piano modified with all manner of bits and pieces between its strings. Or, possibly, with the all-night performance beginning on Saturday evening of Satie's Vexations, with its 840 repetitions of the same weirdly mournful piano sequence.

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