A Room (1943)  

Composed by John Cage in 1943, originally conceived as the third part of She Is Asleep.  May be performed with or without preparations, which involve 11 notes. Most are to be prepared using bolts and even a penny. The music is written down on a single staff and follows the structure 4, 7, 2, 5, 4, 7, 2, 3, 5 (the numbers denote the number of bars dedicated to a particular section). This impromptu recording was made with portable equipment on a Steinway piano in Sioux Falls (at the end of a midnight practice session). See also, Boris Berman's prepared piano rendition here and contrast the sound aesthetics of both versions. Edition Peters 6790 © 1968 by Henmar Press. 


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