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Work Title
Imaginary Landscape No. 2
Composed in 1940. Premiered in Seattle, May 7, 1940.
Ensemble Type
Percussion Quartet
For four percussion.
Cage recorded this work in a radio station studio, engaging 4 players, 2 assistants, and a technician, using test-tone recordings (2 players, changing the turntable-speed between 33 1/3 and 78 rpm), prepared piano (one player), and percussion (one player, employing tam-tam and large Chinese cymbal). The assistants picked up the sounds of the players (2 players each), and the technician recorded everything. Cage later withdrew this work and used its title for another work, composed in 1942, that he initially titled Fourth Construction. However, after the first performance of this work, Cage renamed it Imaginary Landscape No. 2 (March No. 1).
Recordings (click for details)