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Work Title
Forty-Nine Waltzes for the Five Boroughs
Alt. Title
49 Waltzes for the Five Boroughs
Composed in 1977.
Ensemble Type
Work Length
120 minutes
For performer(s) or listener(s) or record maker(s).
A video realization by Black Maria Inc. (Roberta Friedman, Don Gillespie, and Gene Caprioglio) The first version of this composition utilizes a graphic city map of New York, comprising its five boroughs: Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, Brooklyn, and The Bronx. It contains numerous lines and points, determined through chance operations. The second version consists of a list of 147 New York street addresses, arranged in 49 groups of three. For a 1980 Nonesuch LP recording (no longer available), this was interpreted as a list of places where recordings of existing waltz melodies may be made, mixed with the sounds of the city. Cage indicates that transcriptions may be made for other cities by assembling a list of 147 addresses and arranging these via chance means into 49 groups of three.
Peters Edition EP 66735d, EP 66755dR(video realization)