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but what about... by John Cage

Model # EP67074 By: C.F. Peters
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  • Overview

    • Aleatoric (Chance) Music
    • For 3-10 Players
    • Uses Found Sounds
    • Highly Advanced Concept
    • Difficulty: Medium +
    • Duration: About 20:00
  • Item Details

    The full title of this piece is but what about the noise of crumpling paper which he used to do in order to paint the series of "Papiers froisses" or tearing up paper to make "Papiers dechires?" Arp was stimulated by water (sea, lake, and flowing waters like rivers), forests.

    This work for percussion ensemble was written by John Cage in 1985 to celebrate the work of artist Jean Arp, and the title comes directly out of a letter written to him by the manager of the Arp Foundation. It's a direct result of Cage's interest in aleatoric (chance) music.

    The different variables of this piece ensure a completely different performance every single time. Ten parts are written, but any three to ten of them may be played. Repetitions can be made, or not. Dynamics are completely free as is the individual tempo of each player; there is no conductor.

    Each player finds two sounds to be played at the same time, designated with vague terminology like 'water' or 'paper'. The players may be positioned on stage, around the audience, or among the audience, the only rule being that they cannot be too close together.

    This piece is probably unlike any music the audience has ever heard or will hear again. It's more experience than entertainment, creating an atmosphere that is unusually meditative. It is suggested to find the most interesting sound combinations possible to keep the audience interested.

    While each part is pretty simple on its own, the advanced and avante-garde concept of the piece will prevent many younger students from 'getting it'.

    Difficulty: Medium +

    Duration: Approximately 20:00

  • Specifications

    Name but what about... by John Cage
    Brand C.F. Peters
    Model # EP67074
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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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