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ONEviolin [One6, One10] Limited Edition

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First in a complete series of the Number Pieces (final works) for strings and/or percussion, this 71-minute CD features the world premiere recording of John Cage's One6 and is first to encompass the final works for violin.


Cage was an anarchist interested in the spiritualism of Zen Buddhism, and the hierarchies and conflicts of Western harmony had nothing to offer him. Cage's methods of chance and coincidence kicked away the certainties around which traditional composition works. For him, each note can be both fundamental and accidental. Among the purest music he wrote, the 'number pieces' are notated with indications of material to be performed within a given duration. the One cycle … represents some of the composer's greatest music even if it now seems strangely innocent. Philip Clark, The Wire, September 2001

Cage's Number Pieces are generally all long works where the pitches are completely notated but their performance is relatively free in flexible 'measures' that Cage called 'time brackets'. They often evoke a meditative response from their listeners, especially when the works are for a solo instrument, as on this disc. Christina Fong's is the first recording of these works. In each work, she plays long-held single tones; those in 0ne10 are entirely harmonics. Perhaps in none of Cage's other works does he come closer to his idea that each tone is its own center, unrelated to any other tones in the composition. And yet, paradoxically, the number of tones Cage uses in each piece is so restricted that listeners can always make their own, constantly changing connections. Fong's performance respects Cage's oft repeated remark in the notes for these pieces that the tones should be ragged and imperfect, 'brushed into existence' in a manner similar to Chinese calligraphy. Rob Haskins, American Record Guide, January/February 2000

There is a consistent absence of most of the special effects available to string players in the number pieces, perhaps reflecting the greater austerity of Cage's thinking in his last years as he contemplated the position of the artist in society John Story, Fanfare, November/December 2002
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  • Performer: Christina Fong
  • Composer: John Cage
  • Audio CD (January 1, 1998)
  • limited_edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: OgreOgress productions
  • ASIN: B0000667F1
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #690,025 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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John Cage's one performed by Christina Fong is a stunningly brilliant work. Silence, ambience and long sustained notes are interwoven to suspend time and place, intimately communing with the listener. Glenn Freeman's production design and the choice of recording locations, a church and buddhist temple, enhance the overall listening experience.
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