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John Cage's Concert for Piano and Orchestra

Martin Iddon and Philip Thomas


The book is a comprehensive examination of John Cage’s seminal Concert for Piano and Orchestra. It places the piece into its many contexts, examining its relationship with Cage’s compositional practice of indeterminacy more generally, the importance of Cage’s teacher, Arnold Schoenberg, on the development of his structural thought, and the impact of Cage’s (mis)understanding of jazz. It discusses, on the basis of Cage’s sketches and manuscripts, the compositional process at play in the piece. It details the circumstances of the piece’s early performances—often described as catastrophes—its rec ... More

Keywords: John Cage, indeterminacy, sketch studies, performance, recording, publishing, musical analysis, performance analysis, reception

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190938475
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190938475.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin Iddon, author
Professor of Music and Aesthetics, University of Leeds

Philip Thomas, author
Professor in Performance, University of Huddersfield