Featuring interviews, films, performances, text and images, the website is a resource to explore not just the ‘Concert’ itself but also issues relating to instrumental technique, notation and performing Cage’s music more widely.
Concert for Piano and Orchestra (1957–58) is widely regarded as a seminal work within twentieth-century music and techniques. It throws open the notions of open form and the open work alongside innovations in notations, and can be performed in any combination and relationship.
Two new interactive apps can be found on the website, which enable users to engage with the notations and with audio samples and recordings, to create their own realisations and new audio versions of the work. They are:
Cageconcert is a joint AHRC-funded venture between researchers at the University of Huddersfield and the University of Leeds. It is led by Professors Philip Thomas and Martin Iddon, who are joined by Dr Christopher Melen and Dr Emily Payne. The project explores the historical context of the work, undertakes close analytical examination of the notations, and takes in approaches to performance, both historical and contemporary.