John Cage Uncaged


Barbican, 16-18 January 2004

BBC Press Release


These seven programs contain about ten hours of music by John Cage, his predecessors and his contemporaries, and two hours of commentary and documentation. (Don't just go straight to the music; the latter are an important historical document and are not to be missed!) To hear them all again has been deeply moving—they include so many musicians that I had worked with during the last quarter of the 20th century. Cage’s admonition to live in the present moment is salutary in an age in which every moment may be our last.


BBC Symphony, Barbican Hall

01 Introduction

02 William Schuman: New England Triptych

03 Continuity

04 John Cage: The Seasons

05 Continuity

06 Henry Cowell: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra

07 Continuity

08 Interval: Cage on Cage

09 Continuity

10 George Antheil: Jazz  Symphony

11 Continuity

12 Charles Ives: Central Park in the Dark

13 Continuity

14 Aaron Copland: El Salon Mexico

15 Continuity

16 John Cage 4’33”


Nicholas Hodges, Piano, St Giles Cripplegate

17 Introduction

18 Morton Feldman, Piano

19 Continuity

20 Christian Wolfe: Bread and Roses

21 Continuity

22 Schoenberg: Opus 39a, 39b

23 Continuity

24 John Cage: Solo for Piano


Hear and Now with Ivan Hewett and Richard Bernas

25 Introduction

26 John Cage: Quartet in Four Parts [strings]

27 Hewett/Bernas

28 John Cage: Four [strings]

29 Hewett/Bernas

30 John Cage: Imaginary Landscape No. 3, 1st Construction in Metal, Living  Room Music, Credo in US

31 Hewett/Bernas

32 John Cage: Child of Tree

     Peter Garland: Three Strange Angels

     Henry Cowell: Ostinato Pianissimo

     John Cage: Third Construction in Metal

33 Conclusion


London Sinfonietta: Choral and Prepared Piano, LSO St. Luke’s

34 Intro

35 William Billings: Chester

     Virgil Thompson: Four Hymns

36 John Cage: Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano, Nos. 1, 2, 3

37 Continuity

38 Alan Hovannes: Psalm 143

    Charles Ives: Psalm 67

    Randal Thompson: Alleluia

39 John Cage: Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano, Nos. 4, 5, 6

40 Continuity

41 Aaron Copland, In the Beginning


London Sinfonietta: Music of the New York School

42 Introduction

43 Morton Feldman: Madame Press died last week at 90

44 John Cage interview

45 Christian Wolfe: Spring

46 John Cage Interview

47 John Cage: Concerto for prepared piano and orchestra

48 Stephen Montagu: Here’s one I made earlier [documentary]

49 Continuity

50 Earle Brown: Centering

51 John Cage: Apartment House 1776


Music Matters

52 Cage, Pro and Con


BBC Symphony, Barbican Hall

53 Intro

54 John Cage: Song Book

55 Continuity

56 Interval, Ivan Hewitt: In the Company of Mushrooms

57 Continuity

58 Lou Harrison: Fourth Symphony, Largo

59 Continuity

60 Morton Feldman: Cello and Orchestra

61 Continuity

62 John Cage: 1O1