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Cage &Beyond

Sep 21

In the &Beyond series, we take one composer as our starting point and look at their impact on and relationships with other composers. John Cage is our point of departure for this edition. We explore how composers search for – and find – freedom in their methods of composition. The programme has been compiled by our violinist Joseph Puglia, who introduces it and provides his commentary.


Each composer pursues his or her own path towards freedom. Boulez found his freedom in structure, for instance. Zorn’s freedom is based on improvisation, which he later used as a basis for writing more traditionally notated ‘classical music’. And Scelsi explores a single note of music and shows how just one note can be full of colour and emotion. Cage and his kindred spirit Pauline Oliveros spent their whole lives investigating how we listen and make music together. Audiences play their own part in this.

Erik Satie

Chorale for violin and piano from Choses vues à droite et à gauche (sans lunettes)

John Cage

44 harmonies from Apartment House 1776

Giacinto Scelsi

String Trio

Pierre Boulez


John Zorn

The Aristos

Pauline Oliveros

part from Four Meditations for Orchestra

Ben Johnston

String Quartet No. 3


Joseph Puglia curator, violinist

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Sep. 21 2023


Inleiding 19:15 door Joep Stapel


Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ

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