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Cheap Imitation by John Cage

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 24 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA

Recorded on May 20, 1971 at the first of two concerts at the M.H. De Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco, this is the first half of John Cage’s 1969 composition for solo piano, “Cheap Imitation.” This work was later revised for orchestra in 1972, and in 1977 an arrangement for violin was choreographed by Merce Cunningham, under the name of “Second Hand.” The tape containing the second half of this performance was unfortunately, but perhaps somewhat appropriately, lost in a fire that broke out on the top of KPFA’s Steinway Piano.

Additional works presented at this concert can be found on the radiom.org program “John Cage at the DeYoung Museum May 20, 1971”

Musical Selections:  Cheap Imitation, for piano [1st half] (1969) (21:58) / John Cage
Genre:  New Music
Subject:  New music; Piano music; Aleatory music
People:  Cage, John
Recording Date:  5/20/1971
 
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