Six views of the Sonatas and Interludes

Essay presenting six different perspectives on Cage’s well-known early masterpiece.

Introduction to ‘The music of John Cage’

The introduction to James Pritchett’s book ‘The Music of John Cage’ explains why we must consider John Cage to be a composer above all else.

What silence taught John Cage:  The story of 4′ 33″

This essay was written for the catalog of the exhibition “John Cage and Experimental Art: The Anarchy of Silence” at the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona. Copyright 2009 by James Pritchett. All rights reserved. Originally we had in mind what you might call an imaginary beauty, a process of basic emptiness with just a few […]

John Cage and the prepared piano

John Cage and the prepared piano: a twelve-year history in six parts by James Pritchett Copyright 2007 by James Pritchett. All rights reserved. Prologue (5 April 1944) “Dances by Merce Cunningham; Music by John Cage”, the concert program read. “April fifth, Nineteen forty-four, at nine o’clock.” The program, divided into three parts, consisted of: DANCE […]