John Cage: Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR700     Release Date: 1995-01-01

Maro Ajemian, piano

“Oh, damn it! I wish I'd thought of that!” -- Lou Harrison, on the invention by John Cage of the prepared piano.

John Cage (1912-1992) wrote the Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano gradually between 1946 and 1948. Maro Ajemian, to whom the work is dedicated, premiered the first four in performance at Town Hall in 1946, and she gave the first New York performance of the full set at a celebrated concert in Carnegie Recital Hall on January 12, 1949. The concert was considered a milestone in Cage’s career, the Sonatas and Interludes instantly recognized as both the culmination of Cage’s decade of writing for the prepared piano and as his first genuine masterpiece.

“John Cage came into his own last night both as an innovator and a composer,” Ross Parmenter wrote the next day in the New York Times. “It left one with the feeling that Mr. Cage is now one of the country’s finest composers and that his invention has now been vindicated musically.” Although the Sonatas and Interludes has become among the most performed and recorded of Cage’s works, the original recording of it by Ajemian in 1951 for Dial Records and reissued here for the first time on CD was always considered by Cage, who had often at the time played the work himself, definitive.

This title, originally issued on the CRI label, is now available for order from New World Records as an on-demand CD (CD-R). It can also be downloaded in MP3/320, FLAC and/or WAV format(s).

 

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John Cage: Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano

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Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Sonata I
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Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Sonata II
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Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Sonata III
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Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Sonata IV
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Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: First Interlude
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Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Sonata V
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Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Sonata VI
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Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Sonata VII
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Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Sonata VIII
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Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Second Interlude
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Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Third Interlude
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Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Sonata IX
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Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Sonata X
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Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Sonata XI
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Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Sonata XII
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Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Fourth Interlude
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Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Sonata XIII
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Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Sonatas XIV and XV
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Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Sonata XVI
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