Concert for Piano and Orchestra

Cageconcert Website Launches
Cageconcert, a new website featuring two web-based apps allowing users to explore John Cage’s Concert for Piano and Orchestra in extraordinary and unique detail, has just launch online.

Featuring interviews, films, performances, text and images, the website is a resource to explore not just the ‘Concert’ itself but also issues relating to instrumental technique, notation and performing Cage’s music more widely.

Concert for Piano and Orchestra (1957–58) is widely regarded as a seminal work within twentieth-century music and techniques. It throws open the notions of open form and the open work alongside innovations in notations, and can be performed in any combination and relationship.

Two new interactive apps can be found on the website, which enable users to engage with the notations and with audio samples and recordings, to create their own realisations and new audio versions of the work. They are:

  • the Solo for Piano app, which allows users to interact with notations from the piano part to create their own notated realisations; and

  • the Concert Player app, with which users can combine sound recordings of the individual solos in various ways to produce variable aural versions of the piece.

Cageconcert is a joint AHRC-funded venture between researchers at the University of Huddersfield and the University of Leeds. It is led by Professors Philip Thomas and Martin Iddon, who are joined by Dr Christopher Melen and Dr Emily Payne. The project explores the historical context of the work, undertakes close analytical examination of the notations, and takes in approaches to performance, both historical and contemporary.

Visit the Cageconcert website to explore the work further, and buy the score, Solo for Piano, from Edition Peters.

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