Post by Mandryka
I've decided to explore these works.
Wow, coincidentally I decided to do something similar just last
month. (I'd heard a smattering of them when they were new, but
hadn't really revisited Cage's music in concrete form in nearly 30
Perhaps you found the Wikipedia page specifically on the Number
Pieces? It appears to be quite good in terms of tabulating basic
information & brief descriptions -- albeit without meaningful
Interpretations obviously vary considerably, so there is a motley
set of recordings out there....
Personally, I'm not that into solos, so haven't prioritized the
"One" pieces. And I'm not much into piano either, but Cage wrote
a lot of piano music, so I've been suppressing that prejudice. (In
fact Two2 seems to be the most popular long Number Piece with
performers....) Cage also wrote a lot of percussion music, and
Four4 appears to be similarly popular, albeit rather sparse.
So there is the Mode Series.... Among these, "The Number Pieces
6" seems like a "don't miss." I also appreciate the recorder version
of "Three" on "The Number Pieces 5."
Ogre Ogress (around Christina Fong) has some good stuff too, although
a lot on weird formats. I like their take on "Four" for instance,
including the program around it....