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Work Title
The Perilous Night
Date
Composed between 1943 and 1944. Premiered in New York, April 5, 1944.
Ensemble Type
Solo
Work Length
12 minutes
Instrumentation
For solo prepared piano.
Comments
This is a composition in six untitled movements. It was written during a period in Cage’s life that was tinged with confusion and sadness, resulting, in large part, from his imminent separation from his wife, Xenia. The title derives from a collection of Irish folktales. The music recounts the dangers of erotic love, the misery of people separating, and the loneliness and terror one may experience when love becomes unhappy. The piano preparation is moderately elaborate and each of the work’s six movements has a different rhythmic structure.
Publication
Peters Edition EP 67886a
Recordings (click for details)
Henry Cowell / John Cage: Amiable Conversation
John Cage - Complete Piano Music Vol. 1-10
John CAGE - 100th Anniversary
Cage & Nancarrow: Sonatas and Interludes For Prepared Piano Canons and Studies
DeConstruction
Margaret Leng Tan Sorceress of the New Piano
Kotekan Percussion And…
The Perilous Night, Aki Takahashi plays John Cage
The Complete John Cage Edition, Volume 37 Complete Short Works for Prepared Piano
John Cage: Music for Keyboard 1935-1948 Morton Feldman: The Early Years
John Cage Complete Music for Prepared Piano
Margaret Leng Tan Sorceress of the New Piano - Japanese Edition
The Legacy Volume 1
John Cage - Music for Prepared Piano Vol.2
John Cage - Music for Prepared Piano Vol.2
John Cage Jede Menge Klavier
[John Cage lecture - recital, 28 April 1967]
John Cage - Works for Prepared Piano
Perilous Night - John Cage
John Cage - Complete Piano Music Vol. 1 The Prepared Piano 1940-1952
The Legacy Volume 1
American Piano Music of the 20th century: J.F.K. in memoriam, XI.22.1963
John Cage First Construction
John Cage - The Perilous Night - Four Walls
Klang Klavier
John Cage - Works for Piano and Prepared Piano - Vol.II (1944-1958)
Klang Klavier
American piano music of the 20th century / Ives, Cage, Sessions
Percussion and...
The Perilous Night [and other new sounds in American music]
Pipeline 3
John Cage: Music for Keyboard 1935-1948
John Cage: Music for Keyboard 1935 - 1948
John Cage: Musique pour Piano, Vol.I
John Cage: Music for Keyboard 1935 - 1948
John Cage: Music for Keyboard 1935 - 1948
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