Back to Works Index
Work Title
Credo in US
Composed in 1942. Premiered in Bennington, Vt., August 1, 1942.
Ensemble Type
Work Length
12 minutes
For percussion quartet (including piano and radio or phonograph).
This work was originally used as music for the eponymous choreographed piece by Merce Cunningham and Jean Erdman, following the phraseology of the dance. It is the first instance wherein Cage uses records or radios, and also incorporates music of other composers (he suggests Dvorak, Beethoven, Sibelius, or Shostakovich). He described the work as a suite with a satirical character. Erdman recalls that for the first performance, a 'tack-piano' was used (a piano with thumbtacks inserted into the felt of the hammers). The pianist mutes the strings at times or plays the piano body (as a percussionist).
Peters Edition EP 6795 (score) EP 6795 (set of parts)