John Cage ‎– The 25-Year Retrospective Concert Of The Music Of John Cage

WERGO ‎– WER 6247-2
3 × CD, Album, Reissue

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1-1 Six Short Inventions For Seven Instruments
Alto Flute – Andrew LolyaCello – Joan BrockwayClarinet – Albert KaufmanTrumpet – Melvyn BroilesViola – Burton Fisch, William GromkoViolin – Anahid Ajemian
1-2 [First] Construction In Metal
Percussion – Douglas Allan, Manhattan Percussion Ensemble, Marvin Rosenberg (2), Michael Colgrass, Warren SmithPiano – David TudorPiano [Assistant] – Merce Cunningham
1-3 Imaginary Landscape No. 1
Performer – Doris Dennison, John Cage, Margaret Jansen, Xenia Cage
1-4 The Wonderful Widow Of Eighteen Springs
Contralto Vocals – Arline CarmenPiano – John Cage
She Is Asleep (13:11)
1-5 Quartet
Percussion – Michael Colgrass, Paul Price, Philip Brown, Warren Smith
1-6 Duo
Contralto Vocals – Arline CarmenPiano – John Cage
Sonatas And Interludes
Piano – Maro Ajemian
2-1 Sonata I 2:50
2-2 Sonata II 2:19
2-3 Sonata III 2:53
2-4 Sonata IV 2:56
2-5 First Interlude 3:29
2-6 Sonata V 1:28
2-7 Sonata VI 2:11
2-8 Sonata VII 2:25
2-9 Sonata VIII 2:52
2-10 Second Interlude 5:07
3-1 Music For Carillon [No.1]
Electronics [Electronic Carillon] – David Tudor
3-2 Williams Mix
Performer [Realization] – David Tudor, Earle Brown, John CageTechnician [Technical Assistance] – Colonel Richard Ranger, Louis A. Stevenson, Jr.
3-3 Concert For Piano And Orchestra
Bass – Jesse Taiko*Bassoon, Baritone Saxophone – Sy SchwartzbergCello – Joan BrockwayClarinet [In B Flat] – Albert KaufmanConductor – Merce CunninghamFlute, Piccolo Flute, Alto Flute – Andrew LolyaPiano – David TudorTrombone [Sliding] – Frank RehakTrumpet [Trumpets In F, E Flat, D, C And B Flat] – Melvyn BroilesTuba [In F And B Flat] – Don ButterfieldViola – Burton Fisch, William GromkoViolin – Allan Martin*, Anahid Ajemian, Isadore Cohen*

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First release of "Imaginary Landscape No, 1", composed by Cage in 1939.
This piece is the oldest published composition in history to be considered as an electronic work. It combined pre-recorded sinus frequencies (played on two variable speed turntables) with some percussions.

Re-issue of a 3-record set, which was privately issued by George Avakian and contains recordings made at the "25-Year Retrospective Concert of the Music of John Cage", at Town Hall, New York, May 15, 1958. Includes a 94-page booklet with notes by in English and German.


Six Short Inventions for Seven Instruments (1934)
[First] Construction in Metal (1939)
Imaginary Landscape No. 1 (1939) - a recording for constant and variable frequency records, cymbal and piano
The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs (1942) - text adapted from Finnegans Wake
She is Asleep (1943)
Sonatas and Interludes (1946-48)
Music for Carillon [No.1] (1952)
Williams Mix (1952) - four stereophonic magnetic tape playbacks, eight loudspeakers

This edition is dedicated to John Cage, Emile de Antonio and Maro Ajemian.

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