John Cage Online
compiled by Josh Ronsen
last update: 23 April 2013
This is a collection of links to infomation on composer John Cage. Please
send any corrections and updates to me at jronsen
(ate) grandecom (dote) net If you have any questions about Cage, the perfect
place to ask them is SILENCE, the John Cage Discussion List, which can be joined
at https://lists.virginia.edu/sympa/info/silence. NEW! means link added in past month or so. Photo of Cage and Losa by Sabine Matthes.
- Edition Peters — a list of works available
from his publisher, Edition Peters; scores can be ordered from here.
- NY Public Library Collection — Annotated list of scores and manuscripts in the NY Public Library collection.
- Larry Solomon's List — Detailed list of pieces arranged chronologically and alphabetically
- Andre Chaudron's List — Detailed worklist by André Chaudron
- James Pritchett's List — A list compiled by James Pritchett
- Paul van Emmerik's List — detailed list of compositions with notes
- Andre Chaudron's Discography
— very detailed discography by André Chaudron
- A John Cage Filmography — a list of films that feature Cage or his music
- Paul van Emmerik's Discography — detailed discography by label with notes
- Paul van Emmerik's List of Art Works — detailed list of art works, with notes
- 1963 interview by Jonathan Cott in .mp3 audio format
- 1963 interview — with Jack Hirschman
- interview with Roger Reynolds — 1967 interview, JSTOR logon required
- John Cage and Morton Feldman in Conversation — 1967 conversation in steaming audio format
- Cage on Fuller —
interview with Cage concerning Buckminster Fuller, 19??
- 1969 interview — with Richard Friedman
- French interview — Interview in French by Jean-Yves Bosseur, 1970
- 1970 interview with Max Nyffeler — 1970
- interview on "Empty words" — brief excerpt of
radio interview, 1974, also includes audio sample
- interviewed by Paul Cummings — 1974
- interview with Art Lange — 1977, originally published
in "Brilliant Corners"
- For The Third Time — 1978 video interview by Richard Kostelanetz on Writing for the Third Time Through Finnegans Wake
- Interview with Cage and Cunningham — 1981 video interview
- 1982 interview — Cage interviewed by Peter Gena, 1982
- 1983 interview — from Audio Arts book
- 1983 interview — by Charles Amirkhanian, .mp3 audio format, with musical examples
- 1985 interview — by Stephen Montague
- A Conversation about Radio — 1986 interview by Richard Kostelanetz, JSTOR logon required
- interview with John Held — interview with John Held, 1987
- His Own Music — 1987 Ur-Conversation produced by Richard Kostelanetz (18 page excerpt from John Cage Conversing), JSTOR logon required
- NEW! 1987 interview — by Bruce Duffie
- shhh... you know who — 1988 interview with Brian Morton published in the Wire
- 1988 interview — by John Diliberto
- Cage on Slonimsky — 1988? Quicktime video interview with Cage on Slonimsky
Q and A Session — at Norton Lectures, in .mp3 format. Part 2 is here.
- interview with Serizawa, Kanesaka, and Takagishi — 1989
- interview with Ed Herrmann — 1989, there are also 5 audio exceprts on the site
- 1990 interview with Pataphysics Magazine — 1990
- John Cage and the Glaswegian Circus — 1990 interview with Steve Sweeney Turner, JSTOR logon required
- Cage on his paintings — brief excerpts of interview with Cage
on his paintings, 1990?
- Interview with Steve Sweeney-Turner — also available in .pdf format
- Miami interview — brief
interview in Miami, 1991
- 1991 interview — by Alan Anderson in .pdf format
with Laurie Anderson — Cage interviewed by Laurie Anderson, 1992
statement — An autobiographical statement on the New Albion website
- Experimental Music — (1957)
- Cage on Feldman — 4 excerpts of writings from "Silence" concerning Morton
— a collection of 12 quotes by Cage, some from his book Silence
- Mud Book — Scans from Cage's book with Lois Long on making mud pies, more scans here
How to Improve the World — section of work published in Aspen No. 4 (1966)
Poem — written in 1966?
- The East in the West — 1968, JSTOR logon required
- Notations — the compedium of graphic scores compiled by Cage and Alison Knowles, in .pdf format (also available here)
- 1972 letter to US government — written in support of Yoko Ono's immigration status
from "M" — 4 mesostics
Correspondences — 15 typed and hand written letters from 1976-1986
- Maurice Graves — Cage discusses the artist in Audio Arts, Vol 6 No. 2&3, 1983.
- Tokyo Lecture and Three Mesostics — 1986, JSTOR logon required.
— Cage writes about this work Roaratorio, taken from the liner notes to the
Mode Records recording
Through Howl — excerpt from "Writing through Howl" (1984)
Mostel — Cage's mesostic on the name "Raphael Mostel"
on Nicolas Slonimsky — mesostic written in 1989
instructions for Five Hanau Silences (1991)
- bio —
Master — brief bio on PBS's American Masters page, includes video clip
- Wikipedia entry
to "The Music of John Cage" — the introduction to James Pritchett's
excellent book on Cage's music
Times Obituary — from August 13, 1992
- John Cage: September 5, 1912-August 12, 1992 — by Mark Swed, JSTOR logon required
On Specific Pieces
works for keyboards — liner notes written by Stephen Drury
City Wears a Slouch Hat — liner notes by James Pritchett, also in .pdf format
- Sonatas and Interludes — liner notes by James Pritchett, also in .pdf format
- Cage's Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Performance, Hearing and Analysis — by Jeffrey Perry, JSTOR logon required
A Piano Piece's Nuts and Bolts — By Mark Swed, with interview
material from James Tenney
- Cage and the prepared piano — by James Pritchett
- The Sound collector - The Prepared Piano of John Cage — by Tim Ovens, also in .pdf format
piano demonstration — Real Audio video of Margaret Leng Tan demonstrating
how to prepare the piano for "Bacchanle." A Real Audio sound interview with MLT on the prepared piano can be
Piano Works — liner notes written by Stephen Drury
for Violin and Piano — liner notes written by Stephen Drury
— by Larry Solomon
- What silence taught John Cage: The story of 4'33" — by James Pritchett
— by Peter Gutmann
Leng Tan talks about 4'33" — Real Audio interview
Piano — Margaret Leng Tan interviewed about Toy Piano
- Ten Thousand Things — chapter from James Pritchett's disertation "The use of chance techniques in the music of John Cage, 1950-1956"
Eclipticalis — brief analysis by James McHard
Xenakis and John Cage: Two Sides of a Tossed Coin — by Tako Oda, compares
use of chance in "Fontana Mix" and "Pithoprakta"
- The Shapes
of Indeterminacy: John Cage's Variations I and Variations II — by David
P. Miller, also in .pdf format
II — David Tudor's realization of Variations II, written by James Pritchett, also in .pdf version
- John Cage's Variations II: The Morphology of a Global Structure — by Thomas DeLio, JSTOR logon required
Cage at the University of Illinois, 1952-69 — by Johanne Rivest, including
info on HPSCHD
- John Cage's HPSCHD — by Sara J. Heimbecker, in .pdf format
- The Cage Style — essay by Greg Sandow decribing performance of "Song Books" and other pieces
- Song Books — A Marvelous Madness: John Cage's Song Books by Rob Haskins
- Song Books Score — 1995 essay by Richard Kostelanetz
- Song Books — Zac Bond explains each solo in detail.
- Imitations/transformations — by James Pritchett concernng "Harmonies" and "Cheap imitation"
— liner notes written by Stephen Drury
- John Cage and History: Hymns and Variations — by William Brooks, JSTOR logon required
- John Cage's "Letters to Erik Satie" — by Marc Thorman, JSTOR logon required
Etudes — liner notes by James Pritchett
— by Peter Gena
- Marcel Duchamp, James Joyce, Erik Satie: An Alphabet — review by Josh Ronsen
— Text that accompanied an installation of Cage's "Essay" in Berlin in 1993, written by James Pritchett, also .pdf version
- A Dip in
the Lake — brief article by Peter Gena
- The Music
of Verbal Space: John Cage's "What You Say" — by Marjorie Perloff
— essay by Stefan Beyst
- De-Composing Opera/Re-Composing Listening: John Cage's Europeras — by David Ryan, JSTOR logon required
- Synergetic Dynamics in John Cage's "Europeras 1 & 2" — by Laura D. Kuhn, JSTOR logon required
3 and 4 — liner notes by James Pritchett
— "A Man Inspired by Chance" by John Rockwell
— The Harmony of Emptiness: John Cage's Two^2 by Rob Haskins
— liner notes written by Stephen Drury
Four, Twenty-Nine — A Mix RE: some Number Pieces: Notes for Recording
of One^4, Four, and Twenty-Nine by Rob Haskins
— Anarchism and the Everyday: Cage's Number Pieces by Rob Haskins
- Five^3 — notes by James Pritchett
Cage and the Squat — about Five Hanau Silences (1991)
- Atlas Eclipticales, Winter Music, 103 — liner notes written by James Pritchett
Eclipticales, Winter Music, 103 — review of Atlas Eclipticales, Winter
- One^8 — by James Pritchett
and 108 — Notes for One^9 and 108 by Rob Haskins
— brief article about the Rolywholyover museum event.
- Oceans — interview with Merce Cunningham concerning their last collaboration together
- Cage — by Stewart Buettner, JSTOR logon required
of Scores — Peter Gena analyzes Cage's scores from the 1950s
- John Cage:
morphological systems for scoring — by M. Blair Ligon
- Composing after Cage. Permission Granted — by Geoff Smith, JSTOR logon required
Cage: Choral music (a timeline) — liner notes by James Pritchett
- John Cage: Professor, Maestro, Percussionist, Composer — by B. Michell Williams
- Notes on Cage, Harmony and Analysis — by Rob Haskins, also availbe in .pdf format
- What John Cage Did — by Kenneth Maue
by Wierzbicki — 6 essays and reviews of Cage by James Wierzbicki
John Cage: Silence as a Global Sound System — by Charles A. Baldwin
Cage's Queer Silence — by Jonathan Katz
- Cage Speaks
Faster When the Street Gets Noisy — article by Greg Sandow
- NEW! John Cage: Silence and Silencing — by Douglas Kahn, JSTOR logon required
- NEW! Silencing the Sounded Self: John Cage and the Intentionality of Nonintention — by Christopher Shultis, JSTOR logon required
- EC=JC2: John Cage as Exemplary Creator — by David Nicholls, also available in .pdf format
- NEW! "Something like a hidden glimmering": John Cage and recorded sound — by James Pritchett
- John Cage as a Hörspielmacher — by Richard Kostelanetz, JSTOR logon required
- Art &
Life: John Cage, Avant-gardism & Technology — by Martin J.C. Dixon, also available in .pdf format
Chance: Change — by Marjorie Perloff
Cage and the "Project of Modernity" — by David W. Bernstein
and the Music of John Cage — by Nancy Perloff
in experimental music: the New York Revolution — by Peter Gena
- John Cage's Living Theatre — by
Anarchist Art of John Cage — by Richard Kostelanetz
of Authenticity — by Joe Panzner; examines Variations II, Song Books,
- Blame it
on Cage — by Steev Hise
Cage: Composed In America - Kenneth Goldsmith reviews the book "John Cage:
Composed in America"
- John Cage in a New Key — by Natalie Crohn Schmitt, JSTOR logon required
- New Beginnings — by Edward Dudley, JSTOR logon required
- John Cage: Ghost or Monster? — By Cornelius Cardew, JSTOR logon required
- The Cage Case: Existential Joker — by Elaine Barkin, JSTOR logon required
- Three Thousand Seven Hundred Forty-Seven Words about John Cage — by Edward Morris, JSTOR logon required
Stories — 11 more remembrances
Cage & ...
- Cage and Cunningham — by Cornelius Cardew, JSTOR logon required
- Cage and
Cunningham — essay on Cage's working relationship with Merce Cunningham
by Connie Sunday
- Constructed Anarchy — article on Cage and Cunningham by Marjorie Perloff
Mallame and Duchamp — academic article linking Cage with Mallame and
Duchamp, also an interactive map of related ideas and thinkers
and Cage — Glasswanderers by Julia Dur
- Cage and Satie — by Michael Nyman, JSTOR logon required
- John Cage's Studies with Schoenberg — by Michael Hicks, JSTOR logon required
- Cage Contra Stravinsky, or Delineating the Aleatory Aesthetic — by Frank W. Hoogerwerf, JSTOR logon required
- Henry Cowell and John Cage: Intersections and Influences, 1933-1941 — by Leta E. Miller, JSTOR logon required
and Joyce — brief analysis of Cage's use of James Joyce texts in his
Hölderlin and John Cage — by Michael Eldred
- Privileging the Moment: Cage, Jung, Synchronicity, Postmodernism — by Charles Hamm, JSTOR logon required
& Clara Meet John Cage: Aleatory Cinema and the Aesthetics of Incompetence — by David Sterritt
- Cage and Beyond: An Annotated Interview with Christian Wolff — by David Patterson, JSTOR logon required
Cage's Dublin, Lyn Hejinian's Leningrad: Poetic Cities as Cyberspaces — by Marjorie Perloff
- Cage and
Rauschenberg — by Peter Gena
- Morton Feldman
speaks of Cage — Interview with Morton Feldman about Cage
Leaving aside the many beautiful scores by Cage that could be considered "visual art," here are links to various paintings, sculptures and other visual artworks made by Cage.
- Not Wanting to Say Anthing about Marcel (1969)
- Plant Watering Instructions (?)
- Changes and Disappearances #26 (1979-82)
- Crown Point Press
— images of paintings made at Crown Point Press, plus a photo of Cage working in 1980
- Watercolors at Margarete Roeder Gallery
- Changes + Disappearances #30 (1982)
- R3 (Where R=Ryoanji) (1983)
- 2R + 13 x 14 (Where R=Ryoanji) (1983)
- Weathered (1984)
- Ryoku 5 (1985)
- Eninka #35 (1986)
- 10R/6 (1987)
- New River Watercolor Series I (1988)
- New River Watercolor, Series IV, #4 (1988)
- Dramatic Fire (1989)
- 75 Stones (1989)
- Stones (1989)
- Wild Edible Drawing No. 6 & 8 (1990)
- Mesostinatostics (1989)
— 2 "Mesostinatostic" writings on colored discs
- River Rocks and Smoke 4/11/90 #1 (1990)
- Mozart Mix (1991)
- Matress Factory Installation (1991)
— picture gallery
of installation of artwork by Cage and others
- Untitled (1991)
- Where R = Ryoanji (3R/17) (1992)
from Living Room Music — voices by Arnold Marinissen
- The Perilous Night — performed by Richard Bunger. This is part of an 81 minute radio program on the prepared piano; other works by other composers are also performed, but a demonstration is given on how to prepare a piano to perform Cage's A Valentine Out of Season. Streaming format
- Sonata XIII — excerpt
of "Sonata XIII" (on poorly designed page with frames: click on the little
picture of the screw and then click on Sonata XIII icon)
and Interludes — performed by James Tenney
- Suite for Toy Piano — performed by Margaret Len Tang, streaming format
- String Quartet in Four Parts — Zehetmair Quartet performs 2 parts, in
Real Media format
for a Percussionist — FLAC format, 1960s performance by Donald Knaack
for a String Player — FLAC format, 1960s performance by Bertram Turetzky
for a String Player — .mp3 of Charlotte Moorman realization
Music (1956) — Real Audio file from Fluxus Anthology
Music for Piano — .mp3, performed by John Tilbury and Sebastian Lex
Haiku — .mp3 of Cage reading. Another reading from Silence is here.
- Cartridge Music — 1977 radio program featuring excerpts from Cartridge Music, Aria with Fontana Mix, Variations IV, 4’33”, Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse), Part VI , Song Books: I & II & Empty Words, In a Landscape plus a Q&A with Cage before an audience. 134 minutes, streaming format.
with Fontana Mix — .FLAC format of Cathy Berberian performance with Magnetic
Mix - Feed — .mp3 of 1967 Max Neuhaus realization
for Voice 2 — .FLAC format of The Brandeis University Chamber Chorus
I — .FLAC format of Gerd Zacher (organ) performance
I — .mp3 of 2004 live version by Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Mihaela
is the score).
III — .FLAC format of New Music Ensemble of the San Francisco Conservatory
- 1965 lecture/performance —"On Robert Rauschenberg, Artist and His Work", published in his Silence, and "26 Statements Re Duchamp", and "Jasper Johns: Stories and Ideas"
- Duet for Cymbal — 1965 performance by Cage and David Tudor, using the score to “Cartridge Music”
- Varitations IV — 1965 performance by Cage and David Tudor
How to Improve the World I (excerpt) — Real Audio file taken from Wergo CD
- MEWANTEMOOSIECDAY — 1969 performance combining works of Satie and Cage at Putah Creek Lodge (UC Davis), streaming format
- Music in Dialogue — 1969 Lecture at UC Davis
- Lecture on Chance — 1969 lecture on chance operations at UC Davis, streaming format
- Lecture on mushrooms — 1970 lecture on mushrooms and other subjects, streaming format
Performance — of "Not Wanting to Say Anything about Marcel," "Diary:
How to Improve theWorld (You Will Only Make Matters Worse, Part VI)," and "Acrostic: Merce Cunningham."
- 1971 lecture/reading of Diary — by Cage
Mesostics Re - Merce Cunningham (1971) — .mp3 of Jack Briece performance
— .mp3s of Cage reading this work in Germany, 1972
Derived from the Journal of Henry David Thoreau (1976) — .mp3 of Cage
- Mureau + Q&A — 1977 reading and Q&A at Cabrillo Music Festival
for the Second Time Through Finnegans Wake (1978) — .mp3 of Cage reading
Dip in the Lake — .mp3s of a 2000 version
I-VI Part I (1989) — .mp3, read by Cage
and Variations — read by Al Filreis, Shawn Walker, and George Blaustein
in Retrospect — read by Cage
Cage Meets Sun Ra — .mp3 file taken from LP of same name. The other half
of this can be found here.
You Say (On Jasper Johns) (excerpt) — Real Audio file taken from Mode
Records release The Text Pieces I
— current note in 639 year long performance of ASLSP
- One^7 — 1991 performance by Cage, + Q&A with audience, 77 minutes, streaming format
- Ode to Gravity: John Cage — Charles Amirkhanian produced radio show featuring excertps of Cage's music and bits of 1983 and 1987 interviews
Room — by Floraleda Sacchi (harp)
the Name of the Holocaust — performed by Margaret Leng Tan
that Money Can Buy — video and audio from Hans Richter film, with Marcel
Duchamp's rotating art and prepared piano music from Cage.
A Landscape — by Floraleda Sacchi (harp)
I & II? — 2002 performance by James Tenney (prepared piano) , two more Sonatas XIV
& XV? by Tenney can be found here.
V — from the Sonatas and Interludes (1946-48), terrific view from inside
the prepared piano
playing 4'33" on piano in street — 1976 clip from Nam June Paik's "Tribute
to John Cage" [the video clip didn't play too well on my work PC]
— by Margaret Leng Tan (toy piano)
- Water Walk — 1960 performance on I've Got a Secret TV show.
— 1982? rehearsal supervised by Cage
III — 2007 rehearsals by Motion Ensemble
V — 1965? clip (2 minutes) of Cage, Tudor, Gordon Mumma performing Variations
V with Merce Cunningham dancers
Cage and David Tudor — 1966 electronic performance + Cage speaking from
"Sound?" (Variations V? VII?)
- Solos for Voice 58 — 88 minute performance of these 18 microtonal ragas
Interviews and Documentaries
- 1969 interview — excerpt of 1969 interview, Quicktime movie
- mushroom picking — video of Cage collecting mushrooms and speaking, from 1980?
- Birdcage — 1972 documentary by Hans G Helms for German TV
- Four American Composers: John Cage — 1983 documentary by Peter Greenaway
- 27 Sounds made in a kitchen — portion of Peter Greenaway film with voice-over by Cage, 1983?
- 1987 interview
- American Masters: John Cage — 1990 documentary by Vivian Perlis
(dates with ? are approximated by Josh Ronsen)
hair — 1948?
— Cage on cover of Critical Inquiry
— Cage driving his Model A, 1952?
School Class — Cage and students in the infamous New School class, 1958/9?
and Cathy Berberian — 1962?
and Cathy Berberian — 1962?
and James Drew — 1964
and David Tudor — 1964
performance — photo of Cage in performance with Tudor, Gordon Mumma,
and Merce Cunningham dancers (also 2 minute video clip), 1965
Gedney Photos — 38 black and white photos of Cage taken by William Gerdney
in the late 1960s, photos include the electronic chessboard from "Reunion"
and Cage hunting for mushrooms
photos of Cage — 1967-8
- performing Vexations — 1969
Cage — 1970? portrait
and Mumma with headphones — 1970, Cage and Gordon Mumma in radio studio
photos — 4 photos of Cage from 1970? to 1990?
photos — 4 other photos of Cage from 1970? to 1990?
— bearded Cage laughing
to young people — 1973 at Oberlin
- collage photos
— 8 photos of Cage on poster for 1980 lecture
— Cage working on art at Crown Point Press, 1980
— Cage performs at The University of Maryland, 1981
photos of Cage and Cunningham — 1983
and Cunningham in Italy — 1985?
meeting Sun Ra — image from rare album cover, 1986
— Cage giving a smile while posing, 1987
— Cage painting, 1988
and LaBarbara — Cage and Joan LaBarbara, 1988?
and Margaret Leng Tan — 1988?
making soup — 1989
box of mysterious objects — 1990?
- holding cat — 1990?
explaining — closeup of face, 1990?
with players — Cage with SF Contempoary Players, Gordon Mumma, William
The John Cage Discussion List — an email discussion list run by Joseph
Zitt. Searchable archives of the list can be found at the New
Albion Records website. The
archives for the list from 1994-199 are here.
Cage concerts around the world
- John Cage Compendium
— a detailed list of what Cgae did, when and where.
1912-1972 and Chronology1972-1992
— Detailed day-to-day activies compiled by Paul
- Detailed bibliography A-B — compiled by Paul van Emmerik, continued in C, D-J, K-P and Q-Z.
- bibliographic index of pieces — an index of where each composition is mentioned in Cage literature
- index for book "Conversing with Cage" — compiled by Larry Solomon
programs — list of computer programs designed by Andrew Culver and used
by Cage in his work.
bibliography — bibiolography of Cage interviews pertaining to Fluxus
bibliography — from Corner magazine
- CDs of Cage's music can be ordered from Forced
Exposure (US), Mode
(US), Ogre Press @ CD Baby (US)
Peters — Cage's primary publisher, Cage's scores can be ordered from
- Electronic Arts Intermix — has videos to rent for educational & screening rentals
- Wesleyan University Cage archive
- Fonts — Computer fonts based on Cage's handwriting.
- SILENCE: The John Cage Discussion List — this email discussion list is the perfect place to ask questions concerning John Cage. Searchable archives of the list can be found at the New Albion Records website.
- What can I do? One thing that is needed that I do not have time to do is to compile lists of web sites about Cage in German and French. Also, I would like to post interviews with Cage from out of print sources. I need help in getting permission to post these.
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