CCRMA Cabaret 2.0 - Gloria Cheng plays Cage

Mon, 10/24/2011 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Pianist Gloria Cheng is widely recognized as a preeminent performer of contemporary music. This unique concert will feature rarely performed pieces by John Cage: Water Music and the Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano. The CCRMA Cabaret 2.0 series, programmed in collaboration with students, faculty, and staff at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), presents solo sets by uncategorizable and irrepressible musicians - sound artists, multi-disciplinary performers, improvisers, experimenters - at the intimate and acoustically stunning CCRMA Stage. | Presented by Stanford Lively Arts and CCRMA. | Find out more about Gloria Cheng.

WHAT: CCRMA Cabaret 2.0 with Gloria Cheng
WHEN: October 24, 2011 - 8pm
WHERE: CCRMA Stage (3rd floor)
660 Lomita Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
--Parking is free at Stanford after 4pm--


CCRMA, Stanford, California ["Water Music"] (1952)
Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano (1946-8)

Water Music (1952)
2012 is the year in which Cage the composer, thinker, mycologist, and self-described anarchist, would have turned 100. Water Music was  
premiered 60 years ago. The score includes the following note by the composer: “The ten accompanying sheets constitute the material for a single sheet of music for a pianist-musician, the title of which changes to be that of the place or date of its performance. David Tudor first  
performed it at the New School for Social Research in New York City and it was entitled 66 W. 12; at Woodstock, N.Y. it was entitled  
August 29, 1952. “Generally programmed as Water Music […] these sheets should be suitably suspended or affixed so that the notation is visible to the pianist and to the audience. “Three whistles are required: water warbler, siren and duck (plastic) whistle, obtainable in toy or five-and-dime stores; a bowl of water; two receptacles for receiving and pouring water; a radio; a pack of playing cards; a wooden stick; and 4 (four) objects for preparing a piano (e.g., bolts, screws, rubber strips, etc.). […] A watch with a second hand is useful in performance.”
Due to broadcasting changes enacted since the 1950’s that shifted most music programming to FM bands, the AM radio frequencies specified in Cage’s score are now the domain of talk radio, religious, and ethnic programming. As new broadcast protocols emerge, performances of this and Cage’s many other compositions with radio will, befittingly, represent a true Music of Changes: timely and up-to-the-minute in  
perpetuity. (Gloria Cheng)
Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano (1946-8)
"This is the "Table of Preparations" for the Sonatas and Interludes. Mutes of various materials are placed between the strings of the keys  
used, thus effecting transformations of the piano sounds with respect to all of their characteristics... The result is a gamut of sounds moving from lower to higher octaves without the correspondences of pitch characteristic of scales and modes.  These sounds are of different timbres and of a decibel range comparable to that of the harpsichord.  In effect the prepared piano is a percussion ensemble under the control of a single player.  Where mutes are placed only between the second and third strings two different sounds are available, one produced with the soft pedal (which eliminates the effect of the first string), the other without it. In practice, the preparation takes about three hours to make. It is left unchanged throughout the series of twenty pieces..." (John Cage)


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