27' 10.554" for a Percussionist

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John Cage

General Info

Year: 1956
Duration: c. 27 minutes 10.554 seconds
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Peters
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00



Multiple Percussion:

Program Notes

This is the last work in “The Ten Thousand Things” project. The percussion instruments are divided into four groups: metal (M), wood (W), skin (S), and all others (A), the last including electronics, radios, whistles, etc., all represented as 4 lines in a system. Instrumentation is left to the performer. The vertical position of the notes indicates volume, the centerline represents a dynamic of mf. There are 3 types of sound events: point events, line events, and a mixture of the two. The notation is in space, with one page equaling one minute. The work may be performed as a recording or with the use of a recording. The compositional means included chance operations and the use of the imperfections found in the paper upon which the work was written. This work was previously titled 27' 7.614" for a Percussionist.[1]

Composed in 1956. Premiered in Munich, February 2, 1962.




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27' 10.554" for a Percussionist - Multiple Percussion
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First Construction (in metal) - Percussion Quintet; Piano
Forever and Sunsmell - Percussion Duo; Voice
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Imaginary Landscape No.2 - Percussion Quintet
Imaginary Landscape No.3 - Percussion Sextet
Imaginary Landscape No.4 or March No. 2 - 12 Radios - 24 Players
Inlets - Percussion Trio; Conch Shells
Living Room Music - Percussion Quartet
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The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs Multiple Percussion (Piano); Voice
Third Construction - Percussion Quartet
Three2 - Percussion Trio
Trio - Percussion Trio

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