American Trailblazers: Cage's Sonatas and Interludes

Born of the classical tradition and laced with the spirit of the land of opportunity, these bold voices pushed sonic boundaries. John Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes, perhaps his finest works for prepared piano, were born of American pragmatism. His ability to see the infinite possibilities of the sounds around him defined a new generation of composers and expanded the auditory world we live in today.

"Those who have an image of Cage as a kind of wild-man composer for whom 'anything goes' are often surprised by the Zen-like calm of most of his prepared piano music."

Kyle Gann - John Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes

Gilles Vonsattel Prepares the Piano

Pianist Gilles Vonsattel talks through the process of preparing the piano for John Cage's Sonatas and Interludes.

Cage: Selected Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano

Pianist Gilles Vonsattel performs John Cage's Selected Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano. Recorded live in the Daniel and Joanna S. Rose Studio on November 7, 2019.

Pianist Gilles Vonsattel

Unwind with the Ultramodernists Playlist

On this playlist, an assortment of works on the April 1930 Carnegie Hall concert shown above, you can hear a mix of ultramodernist and Pan-American aesthetics—an eclectic combination of musical styles that was the cornerstone of this collective’s programming philosophy.

John Corigliano (2018)

(View more interviews with Corigliano and a specially curated playlist by the composer here.)