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Cage, John: Music Of Changes (1951) (Hat [now] ART)

"Music of Changes" was composed by John Cage using the hexagrams of the I Ching and has no sense of structure, continuity, rhythm, or speed; change itself is the only consistent aspect of the work.

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UPC: 752156017325

Label: Hat [now] ART
Catalog ID: 173
Squidco Product Code: 16311

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Cardstock 3 page foldover
Recorded at WDR Koln, Funkhaus Wallrafplatz, Saal 2 on November 25th, 1956 by Wilhelm Aulenkamp.


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1. Music of Changes Books 1-4 (1951): Book I 4:11

2. Music of Changes Books 1-4 (1951): Book II 18:44

3. Music of Changes Books 1-4 (1951): Book III 10:36

4. Music of Changes Books 1-4 (1951): Book IV 11:03
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"The title is a double pun. The score is the first that John Cage devised allowing the hexagrams of the I Ching to fully determin e how the music would procee d, event by event, gesture by gesture-the musical details (pitch, duration, dynamic s, density, tempi) being painstakingly, albeit fortuitously, derived through point-by-point con sultation from charts of possi bilities designed by the composer. (Christian Wolff, Cage's young friend and musical associate, had presented Cage with a copy of the book, which had been published by his father, Kurt Wolff. I Ching = Book of Changes = Music of Changes.) Too, the music, as an entity, is constantly changing. There is no guidin g sense of continuity of line, rhythm, speed, or textur e. The relationship between events-the glue-which holds the music together can be neither tonally nor structurally defined. Change appears to be its only un changing characteristic, its ultimate identity."-Art Lange

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