M544 Week 13 (Week of November 14)

Cage (1912–1992);  Boulez (1925–2016); Stockhausen (1928–2007)



Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano (1946–8)  [LINK TO SCORE]

Sonata I
Sonata II
Sonata III
Sonata IV
First Interlude
Sonata V


Music of Changes (1951) [LINK TO SCORE]

            Book I


Etudes Australes (1974–5)

            No. 1



Piano Sonata No. 3 (1957, rev. 1963)

Formant 2: Trope [LINK TO SCORE]
Formant 3: Constellation [Helffer does not play the “Miroir” version]
[Score program note] [LINK TO SCORE]



            Klavierstücke VII  [LINK TO SCORE]



Daniel Charles: “About John Cage’s ‘Prepared Piano,’” from Writings about John Cage, Richard Kostelanetz, ed. Ann Arbor: UMP, 1993, pp. 46–54
Eric Salzman: “Cage’s Well-Tampered Clavier”, ibid, pp. 55–57
Pierre Boulez (translated by David Noakes and Paul Jacobs: “Sonate, Que me Veux-tu?” Perspectives of New Music, Vol. 1, No. 2 (Spring, 1963), pp. 32-44
Allen Edwards: “Unpublished Bouleziana at the Paul Sacher Foundation.” Tempo, New Series, No. 169, 50th Anniversary 1939-1989 (Jun., 1989), pp. 4-15
Anne Trenkamp: “The Concept of ‘Alea’ in Boulez’s ‘Constellation-Miroir.’” Music & Letters, Vol. 57, No. 1 (Jan., 1976), pp. 1-10
William G. Harbinson: “Performer Indeterminacy and Boulez’s Third Sonata.” Tempo, New Series, No. 169, 50th Anniversary 1939-1989 (Jun., 1989), pp. 16-20
Karlheinz Stockhausen: “Clavier Music 1992”.  PNM 31/2, 1993, pp. 136–149

Bacewicz (1909–1969);  Crumb (1929–  )



10 Etiud (1956):  [TIMELINE ANALYSES]

I: Allegro non troppo
II: Vivace
III: Allegretto
V: Andante
VII: Giocoso
IX: Presto
X: Allegro


Makrokosmos, vol. I (1972)  [LINK TO SCORE]

Part 1

1. Primeval Sounds (Genesis I), Cancer
2. Proteus, Pisces)
3. Pastorale (from the Kingdom of Atlantis, ca. 10,000 B.C.), Taurus
4. Crucifixus [SYMBOL], Capricorn

Part 2

5. The Phantom Gondolier, Scorpio
6. Night-Spell I, Sagittarius
7. Music of the Shadows (for Aeolian Harp), Libra
8. The Magic Circle of Infinity (moto perpetuo) [SYMBOL], Leo

Part 3

9. The Abyss of Time, Virgo
10. Spring-Fire, Aries
11. Dream Images (Love-Death Music), Gemini
12. Spiral Galaxy [SYMBOL], Aquarius



Carlton Gamer:  “Current Chronicle.” [a concert review of the premiere of the Crumb] The Musical Quarterly, Vol. 59, No. 3 (Jul., 1973), pp. 462-473
Bonds, Margaret: “A Reminiscence“, in “The Negro in Music and Art”, Lindsay Patterson, ed. Publishers Company, Inc, NY 1967, pp. 190-193

Thomas Riis:  “A Conversation with George Crumb”.AMRCJ 3, 1993 pp. 40–49
Judith Rosen: “Grażyna Bacewicz: Her Life and Works” (Digitized version at USC)
Mary Hellman: “Grażyna Bacewicz’s Ten Concert Etudes, 1956: An examination of etudes Nos. I, II, IV and VIII.” DMA document, University of Alabama