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CAGE, John.

On Erik Satie.

[New York : 1958] Stock Code: 118527
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First edition. This 12 page booklet was bound into the ArtNews Annual volume XXVII. The short discourse is written as an imaginary conversation between John Cage and Erik Satie, in which, "because Satie died over thirty years before, neither of us hears what the other says" (Cage). Satie's answers are therefore "ones he is reported to have made and excerpts from his writings" (ibid.). The text was later republished in Cage's 1961 work Silence: Lectures and Writings. Cage is said to have popularised Satie's music, describing Satie's Socrate as one of the most significant works ever written. Cage organised the first notable performance of Satie's Vexations, a single sheet of notation designed to be played 840 times in a performance, in New York in 1963. Founded in 1902, ArtNews is the oldest and most widely circulated art magazine in the world, published in print four times a year. This work is uncommon, with just one copy of the Annual traced on OCLC.

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Small octavo, pp. [12]. Original beige card wrappers, medieval illustrations to covers in red and black. Housed in a custom Chelsea Bindery black cloth solander box, titles to spine gilt.


Text printed in red and black. With 6 full-page illustrations, diagrams and sheet music to text.


Excess thread from stitching, light browning to upper outer corner of covers, slight creasing to lower outer corner of front cover; an excellent copy.


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