Chapter

Here Comes Everything

Paul Van Emmerik

in Writings through John Cage's Music, Poetry, and Art

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2001 | ISBN: 9780226044071
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226044873 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226044873.003.0008
Here Comes Everything

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This chapter outlines the future of Cage research and lists the collection of more than twenty-five thousand folios of Cage's music manuscripts now located at the New York Public Library. With the availability of these materials ushers in a new era in Cage research, “Here comes everybody” becomes “Here comes everything.” A careful assessment of the Cage Nachlass may take many years, but it will undoubtedly lead to noteworthy discoveries. It is pointed out that studying Cage's source materials is crucial when analyzing his music from 1950, because his compositional decisions took place before a score was realized through chance operations. This chapter also demonstrates the usefulness of this methodology through an analysis of Three, one of Cage's number pieces, for which thirty-nine folios of source materials exist.

Keywords: Cage; music; New York Public Library; Cage Nachlass; folios; Cage research; source materials

Chapter.  4148 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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