Three Dances for Two Prepared Pianos: No.1 by John Cage (Rhythm and metre…
Three Dances for Two Prepared Pianos: No.1
by John Cage
20th Century experimental music
Influenced by Indian rhythmic structures, particularly the
Timbres influenced by Gamelan - resulting in the invention of the prepared piano.
Two prepared pianos - change in timbre - retains some pitch or becomes entirely percussive.
- changes the timbre again
Dynamics are important - dramatic changes (
Based on tempo and rhythm
Each section lasts 30 bars - broken up into smaller units 2-5-2; 2-6-2; 2-7-2. Each with a unique rhythm.
Occasional chords but no functional harmony.
4 part texture
Monophonic - bar 3 of figure 5
Occasional silences. Makes dynamic changes more dramatic.
Sense of melody is lost.
Note addition and subtraction.
Rhythm and metre
Rhythm is the most important feature.
Rhythm is used to structure the whole piece.
Mostly crochets and quavers.