John Cage – The Number Pieces 5, Two2
The latest offering in MODEs expansive The Complete John Cage Edition, this one being volume 39. Two2 (1989) for two pianos – yet another of Cage’s number pieces, a rock garden of space and sound. In typical Cage fashion, there’s little melody here, but there is harmony…chords appear and disappear only to be replaced by silence. The piece is a peaceful quiet affair, performed by Rob Haskins and Laurel Karlik Sheehan. The form of Two2 is based on renga, a Japanese poetic design of five, seven, five, seven, and seven syllables expressed at least thirty-six times.
Originally published in the Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter.