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First Construction (In Metal) by John Cage

Model # EP6709A By: C.F. Peters
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  • Overview

    • Historical 6-Player Percussion Ensemble
    • Creates Intriguing Soundscape
    • Features Prepared Piano
    • Difficulty: Advanced
    • Duration: 10:00
    • Requires Exotic Instruments
  • Item Details

    First Construction (In Metal) by John Cage is one of the earliest pieces written for percussion ensemble. This 6-player work was the origin of Cage's "rhythmic structures" compositional technique, and uses a wide variety of metallic sounds to create an interesting soundscape.

    This piece will require a prepared piano, changing the tone of the instrument by fitting it with cardboard and screws in the strings, as well as an assistant to lay a rod across the strings at different times. Cage also asks for many instruments that might be difficult to procure, like Balinese gongs and almglocken.

    While this piece will certainly be 'out there' for most audiences, First Construction is historically important to percussion and music in general. The sounds Cage envisioned have been adapted for use in all kinds of music today.

    Difficulty: Advanced

    Duration: 10:00


    • Player I: Bells, Thundersheet
    • Player II: Prepared Piano (with Assistant)
    • Player III: Sleigh Bells, Almglocken (12), Thundersheet
    • Player IV: Brake Drums (4), Cowbells (8), Temple Gongs (3), Thundersheet
    • Player V: Suspended Cymbals (4), China Cymbals (4), Anvils (4), Thundersheet
    • Player VI: Muted Gongs (4), Water Gong, Tam-Tam, Suspended Gong, Thundersheet

  • Specifications

    Name First Construction (In Metal) by John Cage
    Brand C.F. Peters
    Model # EP6709A
    UPC Code [Error processing dynamic tag getCurrentAttribute('item', 'upccode') : record invtpart 116981 not found]
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    State ListFlorida (Grade 6), Pennsylvania (Level V)
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  • Returns & Shipping


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    Every single order that goes out the door has a tracking number that will be emailed to you, and all of it is completely insured. Everything is carefully packed by hand - we know just how delicate this stuff can be, and how important it is to you.

    We ship from centrally-located Dallas, Texas. Howdy y'all!

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