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Cage: In a Landscape

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Editorial Reviews

John Cage opened our ears to the musical quality inherent in "natural" sounds; hence, he's the father of "ambient" music. This collection includes his most otherworldly works, among them Suite for Toy Piano; Dream; Music for Marcel Dechamp; Bacchanale , and a dubut recording of Souvenir . Stephen Drury, piano.

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Product Details

  • Performer: Stephen Drury
  • Composer: John Cage
  • Audio CD (January 10, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Catalyst
  • ASIN: B000003EL7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,384 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Aaron C. Burkhalter on August 3, 2002
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...For a new listener this album is perfect. It's beautiful, and accessible and just all around pleasing to listen to. The piece "In A Landscape" is the first piece I play for anyone who says they don't like John Cage. They're usually sold within the first 30 seconds of the piece. The ambience and simplicity of this piece is so striking, but Cage's take on harmony (which is especially challenging in a piece that's so focused on melody) keeps the piece from sounding new age.
Anyone just starting out with John Cage, start here. If this strikes you well, check out "Music For Changes" and then the Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano. Beyond that I highly encourage anyone to do some research, read some of Cage's writings, especially a collection of essays and lectures titled "Silence." As his life progresses, his music becomes more minimal and disjointed, and his words really strike down exactly what it is he's trying to accomplish with his music, and that really helps the listener.
For listeners that are already very familiar with Cage's work, this still isn't a waste. These recordings are a great collection of some nice Cage pieces that don't get as much attention, and is still a really pleasing album to listen to.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By ADP on October 17, 1999
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Don't be intimidated by what you may have heard about John Cage; his music can be much more accessible than that of many other 20th-century composers, and perhaps even some earlier ones (I'll take Cage over Wagner any day). Drury plays Cage's early piano music, some of it written as dance accompaniment, with knowledge and respect. The title piece, which opens the album, sounds superficially like new-age music, but isn't the least bit boring--it's as boring as a beautiful woman, or a view from a mountain. More idiosyncratic and humorous (Cage *always* had a great sense of humor) are the "Music for Toy Piano," which shows Cage's ability to see more possibilities than the rest of us, and the short "Prelude to Meditation," which says an enormous amount with a few light touches on the keys. There's even an organ piece, which provides a nice variation. Please forget what you may have heard about Cage and buy this CD!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 30, 1999
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A good collection for those unfamiliar with the wonderful, witty work of John Cage. These early piano pieces from the 1940s could almost be 1990s New Age music; but I don't mean that perjoratively; In fact, Cage wanted the music to create a state of meditation in the listener. As he said, his objective was to "quiet the mind and make it more receptive to divine influence." A divine collection...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on November 24, 2011
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For those interested in getting into John Cage for the first time, this is a great place to start. Getting into Cage can prove intimidating at first, but this great collection of prepared piano pieces will open the door to him. The music features some of Cage's solo piano music, performed by Stephen Drury. It closes with the track, "Dream", which is one of the better pieces in my own opinion. "In a Landscape", as a whole, accurately depicts his style, not only including his avant-garde approaches, but also the soft, gentle resonance that can be heard in many of his pieces for piano.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jerid S. Rouse on June 6, 2008
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In my opinion this is a very good c.d.. I like all of the pieces on this c.d. but my favorites are "in a landscape" and "dream". They are otherworldly in a way such as you stop hearing the music and feel the energy and essence of the proveyed piece. if anyone out there is wondering whether to buy it or not do yourself a favor and do.
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This is obviously unique music for scholarly review and enjoyment to listen to. This is one of John Cage's works that proves he can create very beautiful piano solo music with his repeating combinations.
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By Paul Kidney on September 30, 2011
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The album consists of John Cage pieces from 1938-1948 & one from 1983, all played by Stephen Drury. It is quite accessible. A great place to begin an appreciation of Cage.
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