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Other Minds Festival:
OM 5: Concert 3

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 7 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: Other Minds

Cage wrote his “Suite for Toy Piano” at Black Mountain College in North Carolina for Merce Cunningham's “Diversion”. Its five short movements use only nine consecutive white notes. As such it can ostensibly be played on virtually any toy piano, even one with painted black keys. One of the most charming and whimsical of his compositions, it is filled with Cagean irony and humor, as in the exaggerated dynamic extremes from sffz to ppp. As if a toy piano could have such capabilities! Nonetheless, the pianist tries his best and from the effort subtle differences emerge. I would like to dedicate this performance to Schroeder.

- Margaret Leng Tan

Part 1 of 10:  
Musical Selections:  Suite for a Toy Piano (1948) (6:55) / John Cage
Performers:  Margaret Leng Tan, toy piano
Genre:  Unconventional Instruments
Subject:  Unconventional instruments; Toy piano music
People:  Cage, John; Tan, Margaret Leng
Recording Date:  3/27/1999
 
Part 2 of 10:  
Musical Selections:  General Complex (1995) (3:11) / António Pinho Vargas [arr. by Margaret Leng Tan]
Performers:  Margaret Leng Tan, two toy pianos
Genre:  Unconventional Instruments
Subject:  Unconventional instruments; Toy piano music
People:  Vargas, António Pinho ; Tan, Margaret Leng
Recording Date:  3/27/1999
 
Part 3 of 10:  
Musical Selections:  Sweet Chinoiserie (1995) (7:48) / Guy Klucevsek [arr. by Margaret Leng Tan (1996)]
Performers:  Margaret Leng Tan, toy piano toy accordion, melodica, toy drums & rattles, glasses, dishes and cans
Genre:  Unconventional Instruments
Subject:  Unconventional instruments; Toy piano music
People:  Klucevsek, Guy; Tan, Margaret Leng
Recording Date:  3/27/1999
 
Part 4 of 10:  
Musical Selections:  Satie Blues (1989, rev. 1995) (5:40) / Toby Twining
Performers:  Margaret Leng Tan, toy piano, piano
Genre:  Unconventional Instruments
Subject:  Unconventional instruments; Piano music; Toy piano music
People:  Twining, Toby ; Tan, Margaret Leng
Recording Date:  3/27/1999
 
Part 5 of 10:  
Musical Selections:  Nightmare Rag (1989, rev. 1995) (3:44) / Toby Twining
Performers:  Margaret Leng Tan, toy piano, piano
Genre:  Unconventional Instruments
Subject:  Unconventional instruments; Piano music; Toy piano music
People:  Twining, Toby ; Tan, Margaret Leng
Recording Date:  3/27/1999
 
Part 6 of 10:  
Musical Selections:  Sight of Hand (1999) (4:53) / Mary Ellen Childs
Performers:  Mary Ellen Childs
Genres:  Unconventional Instruments; Performance Art
Subject:  Hamboning; Unconventional instruments ; Performance art; Percussion music
People:  Childs, Mary Ellen
Recording Date:  3/27/1999
 
Part 7 of 10:  
Musical Selections:  Shiva (1994) (3:47) / Mary Ellen Childs
Performers:  CRASH:
Heather Barringer, percussion
Michael Holland, percussion
Peter O'Gorman, percussion
Eric A. Sundeen, percussion
Genre:  Performance Art
Subject:  Performance art; Percussion music; Percussion ensembles
People:  Childs, Mary Ellen; Barringer, Heather; Holland, Michael ; O'Gorman, Pete; Sundeen, Eric A.
Recording Date:  3/27/1999
 
Part 8 of 10:  
Musical Selections:  Drum Roll (1998) (8:44) / Mary Ellen Childs
Performers:  CRASH:
Heather Barringer, percussion
Michael Holland, percussion
Peter O'Gorman, percussion
Eric A. Sundeen, percussion
Genre:  Performance Art
Subject:  Performance art; Percussion music; Percussion ensembles
People:  Childs, Mary Ellen; Barringer, Heather; Holland, Michael ; O'Gorman, Pete; Sundeen, Eric A.
Recording Date:  3/27/1999
 
Part 9 of 10:  
Musical Selections:  Click (1989) (7:36) / Mary Ellen Childs
Performers:  CRASH:
Heather Barringer, percussion
Michael Holland, percussion
Peter O'Gorman, percussion
Eric A. Sundeen, percussion
Genre:  Performance Art
Subject:  Performance art; Percussion music; Percussion ensembles
People:  Childs, Mary Ellen; Barringer, Heather; Holland, Michael ; O'Gorman, Pete; Sundeen, Eric A.
Recording Date:  3/27/1999
 
Part 10 of 10:  
Musical Selections:  Talking Stick (1998) (6:03) / Mary Ellen Childs
Performers:  CRASH:
Heather Barringer, percussion
Michael Holland, percussion
Peter O'Gorman, percussion
Eric A. Sundeen, percussion
Genre:  Performance Art
Subject:  Performance art; Percussion music; Percussion ensembles
People:  Childs, Mary Ellen; Barringer, Heather; Holland, Michael ; O'Gorman, Pete; Sundeen, Eric A.
Recording Date:  3/27/1999
 
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