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Work Title
Imaginary Landscape No. 1
Composed in 1939. Premiered in Seattle, spring, 1939.
Ensemble Type
Small Ensemble
Work Length
6 minutes
For two variable-speed phono turntables, frequency recordings, muted piano and cymbal; to be performed as a recording or broadcast.
Along with Respighi's Pini di Roma (1924), which uses pre-recorded bird sounds, this is one of the earliest electro-acoustic works ever composed. Cage calls for a muted piano, large Chinese cymbal, and 2 variable-speed turntables. On the first of the turntables, a Victor frequency record (84522B) and a constant note record (nr.24) are played; on the second, another Victor frequency record (84522A). This work was premiered in a program together with Cage’s Marriage at the Eiffel Tower.
Peters Edition EP 6716