[Title unknown]

Description: texts for Le flambeau

Date: between 1922-29 June 1928

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: no publication data are known [Stevenson, Robert 1982, 6-8].

 

[Untitled]

Description: program note on The Seasons

Date: prior to 18 May 1947

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1947a.

 

[Untitled]

Description: program note for a piano recital by William Masselos on the music of Alban Berg, Arnold Schoenberg, Ben Weber, and Anton Webern, 22 November 1947, New York, Carnegie Hall

Date: prior to 22 November 1947

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1947b.

 

[Unititled]

Description: program note on Pierre Boulez, Second Sonata for David Tudor’s performance, 17 December 1950

Date: 1950

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1950b.

 

[Untitled]

Description: manifesto on music

Date: 1952

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1952b.

 

[Untitled]

Description: program note on Williams Mix

Date: 1952?

Sources: New York, Public Library, JPB 94-24 folder 192

Publication: none? [or = Cage 1959h/1970, 109-111?***].

 

[Untitled]

Description: manifesto on painting [white paintings] of Robert Rauschenberg

Date: before 27 December 1953; Cage’s statement appeared in Genauer’s columns almost three months after the show had closed [Stable Gallery]

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1953b.

 

[Untitled]

Description: program note on 34'46.776" for a Pianist and 31'57.9864" for a Pianist

Date: before 17 October 1954

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1954.

 

[Untitled]

Description: program notes on Concert for Piano and Orchestra, orchestral parts and solo for piano, First Construction (in Metal), Imaginary Landscape No. 1, Music for Carillon No. 1, She Is Asleep (duet for voice and prepared piano and quartet for twelve tom-toms), Six Short Inventions, Sonatas and Interludes [1 and 2], Williams Mix, The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs

Date: ca. 1957-1958

Sources: New York, Public Library, JPB 94-24 folder 217

Publication: Cage 1959h.

 

[Untitled]

Note: editorially titled Two Short Poems

Description: collective effort of Cage’s class

Date: June-July 1958

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage et al. 1970

Literature: Kostelanetz 1970d, 120n.

 

[Untitled]

Description: statement about musical notation, for symposium, “Form is a Language”

Date: prior to April 1960

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 1 folder 6

Publication: Cage 1960UNTITLED.

 

[Untitled]

Description: notes on various pieces written between 1933-1962

Date: completed July 1962

Publication: Cage 1962e.

 

[Untitled]

Description: program note on Cartridge Music

Date: 1962

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 2 folder 2

Publication: Cage 1962d.

 

[Untitled]

Description: recipes

Date: before or during 1965

Sources: presumably none

Publication: included in Lyon 1965.

 

[Untitled]

Description: liner notes on Jeanne Kirstein

Date: before or during 1970

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1970p.

 

[Untitled]

Description: mesostic on “Marcel” [Duchamp]

Date: 1971

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1973o.

 

[Untitled]

Description: program note on 62 Mesostics re Merce Cunningham

Date: 1972?

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1972MESOSTICS.

 

[Untitled]

Desciption: review of Louise VarŹse, VarŹse. New York: Norton, 1972

Date: 1972-1974

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1974BOOKS.

 

[Untitled]

Desciption: review of Mary Caroline Richards, The Crossing Point

Date: 1973

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 11 folder 8-10

Publication: Cage 1973a.

 

[Untitled]

Description: statement for Edition Peters Contemporary Music Catalogue

Date: before September 1975

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1975g.

 

[Untitled]

Description: statement for Vinko Globokar’s Orchester

Date: 1974 or earlier

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: none

Literature: Polaczek 1986.

 

[Untitled]

Description: program note on Renga with Apartment house 1776

Date: 1976

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1976NOTES; ?=?ALSO Cage 1976[UNTITLED?>ISCM-PROGRAM?].

 

[Untitled]

Description: program note on Cheap Imitation, identical with Cage 1981? [Untitled] (liner notes re Cheap imitation, Chorals). Port Jefferson, New York: Cp2 Records (liner notes for Cp2/7, on the sleeve)

Date: 21 September 1977

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1977e.

 

[Untitled]

Description: mesostic on the name of Joan La Barbara

Date: before or during 1977

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1977d.

 

[Untitled]

Description: program note on Etudes Australes

Date:

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1978ETUDES.

 

[Untitled]

Description: program notes on Etudes Australes and Freeman Etudes

Date: circa 1978

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1978UNTITLED.

 

[Untitled]

Description: program note on Sounday

Date: circa 1978

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1978UNTITLED.

 

[Untitled]

Description: mesostic on “train”

Date: 1977 or 1978, before 26 June 1978

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1979q.

 

[Untitled]

Description: program note on Seven-Day Diary [artwork]

Date: before or during April 1978

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1978kZU.

 

[Untitled]

Description: program note on Chorals for phonodisc Cp2/7

Date: ca. 1981

Publication: Cage 1981l.

 

[Untitled]

Description: mesostics on “Swift”

Date: ca. 1981

Publication: Cage 1981k.

 

[Untitled]

Description: program notes on various pieces

Date: circa 1982

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1982AMORES; Cage 1982ARIA; Cage 1982CREDO; Cage 1982ETUDES; Cage 1982KONZERT; Cage 1982QUARTETT; Cage 1982SONG.

 

[Untitled]

Descrition: mesostic on “Klaus Schöning”]

Date: before 12 August 1982 (or 1979?)

Publication: Cage 1982UNTITLEDSCHÖNING.

 

[Untitled]

Description: mesostic on “Klaus Schöning”

Date: August 1979; completed before or on 12 August in Paris

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1982UNTITLEDMESOSTIC.

 

[Untitled mesostic on “Klaus Schöning”]

Written before 12 August 1982 (of 1979?)

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1982X[UNTITLED-SCHÖNING].

 

[Untitled]

Description: mesostic on “James Joyce”

Note: written with Klaus Schöning?

Date: 15 August 1979

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage and Schöning 1982UNTITLED.

 

[Untitled]

Description: mesostic

Date: 22 October 1979 with Klaus Schöning

Publication: Cage and Schöning 1982UNTITLED/CHECK.

 

[Untitled]

Description: program note on Reunion

Date: 1979

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: (in German trans only): Cage 1980g.

 

[Untitled]

Description: mesostic on “Muzički Salon”

Date: 1982

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1982UNTITLED.

 

[Untitled]

Description: program notes on Thirty Pieces for String Quartet

Date: 1983 OR 1984 [from SCORE?]. Darmstadt: Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, mimeographed, [2].

 

[Untitled]

Description: program note on Etudes Boreales

Date: July 1984 in New York

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1985X[ETUDES<CHANGE].

 

[Untitled]

Description: program note on Ryoanji

Date: December 1984 in New York

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1985RYOANJI<CHANGE.

 

[Untitled]

Description: mesostic on “Artics”

Date: 25 July 1985

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1985m.

 

[Untitled]

Description: program notes on Atlas Eclipticalis with Winter Music

Date: October 1985

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1986UNTITLED.

 

[Untitled]

Description: autoku on “I have nothing to say...” (two different texts?)

Model: John Cage, Lecture on Nothing, 109, “I have … need it”

Date: November 1986

First reading: 5 December 1986

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: included in Cage 1988c, 16-17

Literature: Cage 1988c, 11, 16n.

 

[Title unknown]

Description: [Ratschläge für meine Freunde über makrobiotische Diät]

Date: before or during 1987

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1987RATSCHLÄGE.

 

[Untitled]

Description: autoku based on “I, you...”

Date: before 15 February 1987

First known reading: 15 February 1987

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: none.

 

[Untitled]

Description: program notes on Winter Music, Satie and Webern]

Date: prior to ** June 1987

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1987UNTITLED.

 

[Title uncertain]

Description: program book for Europeras 1 & 2

Date: 1987 in Frankfurt am Main

Sources: a. MSS for the first (rejected) version of the program book (in German only, extent unknown); b. MSS for the definitive version of the program book (in German only); Berlin, collection Heinz-Klaus Metzger and Rainer Riehn

Publication: CHECK.

 

[Untitled]

Description: mesostics on “Dorothea Tanning”

Date: before 18 May 1988

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1988e.

 

[Untitled]

Description: statement for Life

Date: before December 1988

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1988f.

 

[Untitled]

Description: mesostic on “Andy Warhol”

Date: before or during 1989

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1989l.

 

[Untitled]

Description: mesostic on “de Kooning”

Date: before or during 1989

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1989m.

 

[Untitled]

Description: mesostic on “Roberto Fabbriciani”

Date: circa 1989

Sources: present location unknown.

 

[Untitled]

Description: mesostic on “words nd ends”

Date: circa 1989

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1989n.

 

[Untitled]

Description: preface to Guido Facchin, Le percussioni

Date: August 1989

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage, John 1989PREF.

 

[Untitled]

Description: mesostic on “Luigi Nono”

Date: between 9 May-July 1990

Note: printed error

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1990b.

 

[Untitled?]

Description: Darmstadt 1990 introduction plus mesostics

Date: 1990?

First reading: July 1990, Darmstadt

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1991e.

 

[Title uncertain]

Description: mesostics on “Samuel Beckett”

Date: circa 1990?

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: NNB Cage 1991?[In program, Nederlandse Opera, Feldman, Neither].

 

[Untitled]

Description: mesostic on “Demetrio Stratos”

Date: 17 February 1991

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1998b.

 

[Untitled]

Description: mesostic on “Bratislava”

Date: prior to 18 June 1992

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1992j.

 

[Untitled]

Description: mesostic on “Večery novej hudby”

Date: prior to 18 June 1992

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1992i.

 

[Untitled]

Description: mesostic on “Mauricio Kagel”

Date: 26 June 1990

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1991gNOTE-O-GRAM.

 

!

Description: mesostic on “Gerd Zacher”

Date: 2 April 1989

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1989a.

 

I-VI

Note: full title MethodStructureIntentionDisciplineNotationIndeterminacyInterpenetrationImitationDevotionCircumstancesVariableStructureNonunderstandingContingencyInconsistencyPerformance

Note: Charles Eliot Norton Lectures 1988-1989

Description: mesostics on “method,” “structure,” “intention,” “discipline,” “notation,” “indeterminacy,” “interpenetration,” “imitation,” “devotion,” “circumstances,” “variable structure,” “nonunderstanding,” “contingency,” “inconsistency,” “performance”

Date: June 1988-January 1989

First performance:

Sources: New York, Public Library, JPB 94-24 folder 814

Publication: Cage 1990f

Literature: Cage/Retallack 1991, passim; Cage/Retallack 1996, passim; Gronemeyer 2004; Hannes 1993; Kostelanetz 1990c; Pasler 1990-1991; Perloff, M. 1990-1991.

 

2 Pages, 122 Words on Music and Dance

Date: before or during November 1957

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 2 folder 23

Publication: Cage 1957d.

 

7 out of 23

Poem. 23 mesostics

Model: James Joyce, Finnegans Wake. New York: Viking, 1939, 626-627

Date: 1976 or 1977

Commission: at the request of Eliott Anderson for TriQuarterly

Sources: LOCATION, draft (2 leaves, 28 cm, white paper [unidentified], typescript, blue and purple ballpoint ink)

Publication: Cage 1977a

Literature: Cage 1979c, 133-136; Cage 1980e; Cage/Schöning 1982, 73; Thorman 2002, 205.

 

25 Mesostics re and not re Mark Tobey

Description:

Date: 1972 or earlier

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1973n.

 

26 Statements re Duchamp

Description: essay

Date: 1962-or 1963 / completed before September 1963

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 4 folder 11-13, 15

Publication: Cage 1963a

Literature: Cage 1967o, 70n; Charles 1974; Kostelanetz 1988b, 133-134; Perloff, M. 1994a.

 

36 Mesostics re and not re Marcel Duchamp

Description: poem

Note: original title 36 Acrostics re and not re Marcel Duchamp [cf. M, 26?]

Dedication: for Shigeko Kubota

Date: July 1970

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 4 folder 14

Publication: Cage 1970[36]

Literature: Cage 1973h, ix; Cage/Roth and Roth 1973, 78; Mac Low 1980, [43].

 

45' for a Speaker

Description: lecture

Note: may be performed with 26'1.1499" for a String-Player, 27'10.554" for a Percussionist, 31'57.9864" for a Pianist, 34'46.776" for a Pianist, in any manner by any number of players

Duration: maximum 45 minutes

Date: October 1954 or earlier

First reading: October 1954, London, Composers’ Concourse; John Cage (Cage 1961h, 146n)

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 1 folder 1-5

Publication: Cage 1961e

Literature: Cage 1961h, 146n-147; Cage 1962e, 26; Cage 1973d; Cage 1993d, 119; Cage/Charles 1976, 34; Charles 1970a; Griffiths, P. 1981a, 30; Herrmann 2016; Toop 1968[?], 15; Pritchett 1993, 76, 96, 175, 182, 210n20; Schäfermeyer 1990, 157-158; Schmidt-Pirro 2003; Schulze, H. 2000; Thorman 2002, vi, vii, x, 24, 27, 39-53, 62, 71, 73, 76, 82, 84, 110, 199, 205.

 

45 Questions. See Communication.

 

A Few Ideas about Music and Films

Description: article

Date: before or during 1951

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 10 folder 5-6

Publication: Cage 1951a.

 

About Roaratorio

Description: lecture

Date: circa 1979

Sources: present location unknown

First reading: Donaueschingen, October 1979

Publication: Cage 1980e.

 

Address to an Orchestra

Note: orginally untitled

Description: address to The Hague Philharmonic [Residentie Orkest]

Date: 3 July 1976

Sources: transcript by Michael Nyman; present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1976d.

 

Adolph Weiss: Reminiscences

Description: article

Note: written in response to a request by William B. George; withdrawn from planned publication in A Year from Monday at the request of Adolph Weiss

Date: completed 13 February 1965

Sources: Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard University Library

Publication: none

Literature: none.

 

Afterword

Description: afterword to A Year from Monday

Date: circa 1967

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 13 folder 17-18

Publication: Cage 1967a.

 

Afterword

Description: afterword to Pour les oiseaux

Date: circa 1976

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1976POSTFACE.

 

Agenku2

Description: text [poem]

Date: November 1984

Sources: Red Hook, New York, John Cage Trust at Bard College

Publication: none.

 

Anarchy

Description: lecture consisting of twenty “50 %”-mesostics based on thirty quotations

Model: Michael Bakunin, Norman O. Brown, John Cage, Andrew Culver, Albert Einstein, Richard Buckminster Fuller, Emma Goldman, Paul Goodman, Hippolyte Havel, Peter Kropotkin, Errico Malatesta, Henry David Thoreau, Leo N. Tolstoy, Walt Whitman

Date: January 1988

First reading: 27 February 1988

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 1 folder 9-14

Publication: Cage 1989b

Literature: Cage/Retallack 1996, 2, 42, 163; Gronemeyer 1991; Thorman 2002, 112, 155, 205.

 

Another Song

Description: poem

Model: Henry David Thoreau

Date: Fall [September or early October] 1979

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1981a

Literature: Cage 1980e.

 

Apropos of (Marcel Duchamp 1961)

Description: mesostic on “Kubota Shigeko Kubota”

Date: 1981

Dedication: for Shigeko Kubota

Sources: dated “(twenty years after)”; present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1981b.

 

Art and Technology

Description: text

Date: 1969

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 1 folder 15

Publication: Cage 1993a.

 

Art Has Quite Changed: Music Today

Date: before 22 October 1962

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1962a.

 

Art is Either a Complaint or Do Something Else

Model: Jasper Johns, statements taken from Mark Rosenthal, Jasper Johns: Work Since 1974. New York: Thames and Hudson in association with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1988

Description: text in 13 parts

Date: 1988

First reading: (presumably) 6 November 1988

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1991a

Literature: Cage/Retallack 1991, 107, 109-116, ***; Cage/Retallack 1996, xxiv, 54, 56-64, 66n20, 68, 108; Thorman 2002, 112, 190, 206.

 

The Arts in Dialogue

Note: Editorially titled

Description: statement for “The Arts in Dialogue”, exhibition of graphic music notation at the Honolulu Academy of Art

Date: April 1964

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 1 folder 16

Publication: Cage 1970a

Literature: Cage 1967o, 40; Kostelanetz 1970d, 149n.

 

An Autobiographical Statement

Note: earlier title Lecture at the Commemorative Lecture Meeting

Decription: prose text

Date: August 1989 [according to American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters exhibition 17 May-11 June 1989: written February 1989]

Commission/Dedication: written for the Foundation Inamori Kyoto Prize 1989 [acc to correspondence (26 June 1989!, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters to Cage) written for the Acrosanti Foundation [?]

Sources: New York, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters (8 leaves, typescript)

Publication: Cage 1991AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL.

 

B.W. 1916-1979

Description: mesostics on “Ben Weber”

Date: before or during 1979

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1979b.

 

The Beginning of a Connection between Satie and Thoreau

Description: collage of quotations

Model: writings of Erik Satie and Henry David Thoreau

Date: 4 November 1979

Sources: Berlin, collection Heinz-Klaus Metzger and Rainer Riehn (autograph)

Publication: Cage 1980a

Literature: Metzger, H.-K. and Riehn 1980, 3.

 

Bolivia Mix

Model: eighty-nine brief collages from newspaper articles

Date: 21 July-26 August 1988

First reading: 17 June 1990, London?

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: none (on printout: “Cottage Publications 1”).

 

By Way of an Introduction

Description: letter to Ornella Volta

Date: 25 May 1983

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1989c.

 

Canada, November 1989, Montreal

Note: title possibly not by Cage

Description: mesostic on “Chapelle du Bon Pasteur”

Date: 3 November 1989

Dedication: “poudrerie pour Guy Soucie”

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1997.

 

CBC Interview re Bach with Anne Gibson

Description: typescript in proportional notation of a recorded interview made in December 1984 in Toronto (Cage/Gibson 1989, 56)

Date: November 1985 in New York

Publication: Cage/Gibson 1989.

 

Centering

Description: ten mesostics on “M.C. Richards”

Date: 1989 or earlier

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1989d.

 

Changes

Description: lecture

Date: before or during September 1958 and completed prior to 6 September 1958

First read: 6 September 1958

Sources: Los Angeles, California, Getty Center, 940073 box 7 folder 2; Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 2 folder 15

Publication: Cage 1961a

Literature: Cage 1961h, 18n; Thorman 2002, vii, 27, 53-62, 78, 84, 88, 110, 206.

 

Chavez and the Chicago Drouth

Description: review

Date: before or during March-April 1942

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1941-1942a.

 

Cinekus2

Description: six mesostics on “Cinéma”; part of The First Meeting of the Satie Society

Model: Marshall McLuhan, “The Agenbite of Outwit,” Location 1, no. 1 (Spring 1963), 41-44

Date: February-March 1985

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: none

Literature: Thorman 2002, 180.

 

Communication

Note: earlier titles 45 Questions and Rutgers Lecture

Description: lecture

Model: John Cage, earlier writings***; Kwang-Tse; Christian Wolff, “New and Electronic Music.” Audience 5, no. 3 (Summer 1958)

Date: before or during April 1958; revisions before September 1958

First reading: before or during April 1958

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 1 folder 7, box 2 folder 10-12

Publication: Cage 1958b

Literature: Cage 1959g, [2]; Cage 1961h, 18n, 41n; Nicholls 2012a.

 

A Composer’s Confessions

Description: lecture

Date: 1948

First reading: 28 February 1948

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 2 folder 7

Publication: Cage 1991c

Literature: Cage 1993d, 243; Cage/Gillmor 1976, 20; Kostelanetz 1988b, 66.

 

Composition in Retrospect

Description: mesostics; renga; “a lecture with slides” (Strawn et al. 1982)

Date: 17-19 August 1981 and 1988

First reading: 5 November 1981

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1982COMPOSITION; Cage 1992b

Literature: Baucke 1982[a]; Brennecke 1982[b]; Cage 1993d, 178, 242; Cage/Duckworth 1989, 32; D’Harnoncourt 1982JOHN/1982, 61; Lück 1982; McLean, P. 1982AT; Pasler 1994; Thorman 2002, 111; Vargas 1982.

 

Concerto grosso für 4 Fernsehgeräte und 12 Radios

Description: program note

Date: 1979?

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1980b.

 

Congratulations and Love

Description: two mesostics on “Dieter Schnebel”

Date: 26 July 1989

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1990a.

 

Contemporary Japanese Music: A Lecture

Description: transcript of a freely spoken lecture authorized by Cage

Date: circa 1963

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1963b.

 

Contemporary Music Festival: A Report

Description: review

Date: prior to 5 May 1949

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1949a.

 

Contemporary Music Festivals Are Held in Italy

Description: review

Date: before or during June 1949

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1949b.

 

Correction

Description: mesostic on “silence”

Date: before or during 1979

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1979r.

 

Counterpoint

Description: article

Date: prior to 15 February 1934

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1934.

 

Defense of Satie

Description: lecture

Date: 1948

First reading: summer 1948

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 2 folder 24

Publication: Cage 1970b

Literature: Erdmann 1990c.

 

Diary: Audience 1966

Description: text

Date: March 1966

First reading: 21 May 1966

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 1 folder 17-19

Publication: Cage 1966a

Literature: Cage 1967o, 50n; Shultis 1995; Shultis 1998c, 101-114.

 

Diary: Emma Lake Music Workshop 1965

Description: mosaic of statements, anecdotes, observations

Note: requested by Canadian Art

Date: 15-28 August 1965

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 4 folder 18-23, box 14 folder 10

Publication: Cage 1966b

Literature: Cage 1967o, 21n, 50n; Cage/Kostelanetz 1968WE/1970, 16; Shultis 1998c, 101-102, 106.

 

Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse)

Note: the title derives from Kwang-Tse

Description: TEXT

Extent: ten installments each comprising one “month” of thirty “days” of approximately 100 words each; 1. 1965. I-XXIX; 2. Continued 1966. XXX-LX; 3. Continued 1967. LXI-XC; 4. Continued 1968. XCI-CXVIII; 5. Continued 1969. CXIX-CL; 6. Continued 1970-1971. CLI-CLXXVIII; 7. Continued 1971-1972. CLXXIX-CCVIII; 8. Continued 1973-1982. CCIX-CCXXXVI

Date: during or after September 1965 (1); July-early September 1966 (2); 1967 (3); 1968 in Champaign, Illinois; revised in 1969 (4); 1969 (5), 1970-1971 (6), 1971-1972 (7), between 1973 and 1982 (8) and completed before or during March 1982

First performance: presumably 4 February 1966 (Part One)

Note: in 1967, Cage also designed a typography for subsequent publication in collaboration with Dick Higgins (Cage 1967c, esp. [15])

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 2 folder 27-47, box 3 folder 1-25, 27

Publication: Cage 1966c; Cage 1967b; Cage 1967c; Cage 1968a; Cage 1971b; Cage 1971c; Cage 1973b; Cage 1983a; Cage 1983c

Literature: Anonymous 1967X[NOTE]; Cage 1967o, 3n, 52n, 70n, 145n; Cage 1973h, x-xi; Cage 1979c, ix; Cage 1983j, 155n; Cage/Retallack 1996, xxi-xxii, 72, 152; Kostelanetz 1970a; Thorman 2002, 90-91, 93, 98, 99, 105, 110, 131, 206.

 

Diary: Inter-Arts

Description: text

Date: prior to 4 February 1983

First reading: 4 February 1983

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: none.

 

Dickins

Description: mesostics on “Dick Higgins”

Date: before or during 1991

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1991d.

 

The Dreams and Dedications of George Antheil

Description: article

Date: before or during January 1946

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1946a.

 

The East in the West

Description: article

Date: before or during April 1946

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1946b

Literature: Patterson, D.W. 1996, 96.

 

Edgard VarŹse

Description: article

Date: 23 September 1958

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 12 folder 20

Publication: Cage 1958-1959

Literature: Cage 1961h, 83n.

 

Eight Whiskus

Description: mesostics

Model: Chris Mann, [untitled text]

Date: prior to or during November 1984

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: [as text of songs of the same title].

 

Electronic Souls

Description: letter to the editor

Date: 12 January 1966

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 4 folder 16-17

Publication: Cage 1966d.

 

Empty Mind

Description: radio play for male voice

Text: John Cage, Themes and Variations, introduction

Extent:

Duration: unknown

Date: before 14 February 1987

First broadcast: 15 February 1987, Westdeutscher Rundfunk

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: none.

 

Empty Words (text composition)

Description: for speaker / vocalist using amplification/ Lecture for amplified voice, consisting of a nonsyntactical mix of phrases, words, syllables and letters with optional slides (made by Babette Mangolte) of drawings by Henry David Thoreau shown simultaneously, and tape recordings made by Maryanne Amacher

Model: Henry David Thoreau, Journal, text and marginal drawings

Extent: Part I (223 stanzas); Part II (173 stanzas); Part III (12 columns); Part IV (12 columns)

Duration: 11 hours and 30 minutes, including 3 intervals of 30 minutes each; each part 2 hours 30 minutes

Date: August 1973-1974, completed before 8 August 1974

First reading: (part 4) 8 August 1974; (complete) 6-7 June 1979

Sources: Berlin, collection Heinz-Klaus Metzger and Rainer Riehn; Evanston, Illinois, Northwestern University, Music Library

Publication: Cage 1974c; Cage 1974d; Cage 1975b; Cage 1975c; Cage 1978a; Cage 1978b; Cage 1979EW

Literature: Cage/?GILLMOR 1982[b] (omitting punctuation); Cage 1979c, 11, 33, 51, 65 (INTRODUCTIONS), 133, and 189; Cage 1978WRITING, [7]; Cage 1980e; Cage 1993d, 98-99; Cage/Anonymous 1975; Cage/Anonymous 1977; Cage/Bosseur 1981, 105; Cage/Cope 1980, 11-12; Cage/Kostelanetz 1980; Cage/Malina 1986; Cage/Retallack 1996, 140; Frank, W. 2013; Gronemeyer 1981-1982; Hannes 1993; Johnson, Tom 1975a; Jürging 2002; Luty 2009d; Mac Low 1980, [44]; Metzger, H.-K. 1994; Pritchett 1996; Shultis 1995; Zeller 1979b; [?Cage/]Schöning 1979, 15 [?=1982, 87?].

 

Empty Words (collection of writings)

Description: collection of writings

Date: 1977-1979

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 5 folder 1-2, 7

Publication: Cage 1979EW.

Literature:

 

Erik Satie

Description:

Model: Erik Satie, excerpts from writings

Date: before or during 1958

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 11 folder 11-12

Publication: Cage 1958a.

 

Essay (1985). See Writings through the Essay: On the Duty of Civil Disobedience.

 

Etudes Australes

Description: program note

Date: before or during January 1975

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1975NOTES.

 

Experimental Music

Description: address

Date: winter 1957, prior to 10 February 1957

First reading: 10 February 1957

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 5 folder 8

Publication: Cage 1959a

Literature: Cage 1961h, 7n.

 

Experimental Music: Doctrine

Description:

Note: first published as “Experimental Music”

Date: prior to June 1955

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 5 folder 9-10

Publication: Cage 1955a.

 

Fifteen Domestic Minutes. See under Music.

 

The First Meeting of the Satie Society

Medium: for two speaking voices, a singing voice, and other musicians (optionally recordings); includes [***cross-refer] Cinekus2, Mesdamkus2, Musikus2, Relakus2, and Variations with Interludes and Variations

Model: Marcel Duchamp, Erik Satie, James Joyce, Marshall McLuhan, Chris Mann, Henry David Thoreau and the first book of Moses, Genesis

Extent:

Duration: 90 minutes

Date: 1984-1985 and completed March 1985

First performance: 31 March 1985

Sources: New York, Public Library, JPB 94-24 folder 641-654, 657-659, 1048

Publication: none [Sonnekus separately]

Literature: Cage 1985FIRST; Cage 1986SATIE; Cage 1993d, 139, 178, 195; Cage/Retallack 1996, 78, 147-149, 150, 316-318; Cage/Sweeney-Turner 1991, 2-3; Cage et al. 1986; Erdmann 1993f, 168-182.

 

FM 94

Description: mesostic on “WNYC”

Extent: 1 stanza (4 lines)

Date: prior to 16 February 1983

Dedication: for WNYC [radio station]

First performance: 16 February 1983

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: none

Literature: Rothstein 1983.

 

For A.C. on his 70th Birthday

Description: poem/Mesostic on “Aaron Copland”

Date: before 14 November 1970

Dedication: for Aaron Copland

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1973c.

 

For d.d.

Description: mesostic

Date: February 1988 in New York

Sources: Red Hook, New York, John Cage Trust at Bard College

Publication: CHECK.

 

For Her First Exhibition with Love

Description: poemMesostic on “Fanny Schöning”

Model: James Joyce, Finnegans Wake. New York: Viking, 1939

Date: October 1982

Dedication: for Fanny Schöning

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1982FOR.

 

For More New Sounds

Description: theoretical study

Date: before or during May-June 1942 in Chicago, Illinois

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1941-1942b

Literature: Austin, W.W. 1966, 379.

 

For n.

Description: mesostic on “Niki de Saint Phalle”

Date: July 1987

Sources: Red Hook, New York, John Cage Trust at Bard College

Publication: Cage 1987b.

 

For S. Fort, Dancer

Description: mesostic on “Syvilla Fort”

Date: between 1973 and 1978

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1979d; Thorman 2002, 107.

 

For the S.S.O.

Description: mesostic on “Savaria Symphony Orchestra”

Date: July 1986

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1986a.

 

For William Mc N. Who Studied with Ezra Pound

Description: mesostic on “William Mc Naughton”

Date: between 1973 and 1978

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1979e.

 

For Your 50th

Description: mesostic on “Fylkingen”

Date: 22 August 1983

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1983-1984.

 

Forerunners of Modern Music

Description: article

Date: before or during 1949

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 5 folder 12

Publication: Cage 1949c.

 

Foreword

Description: foreword to Silence (book)

Date: June 1961 [and 1959]

Note: partly identical with Cage 1959g

Publication: Cage 1961d.

 

Foreword

Description: foreword to Dunn 1962

Date: July 1962

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1962b

Literature: Cage/Schaardenburg 1970, 51.

 

Foreword

Description: foreword to A Year from Monday (book)

Date: October 1966

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 14 folder 4-5

Publication: Cage 1967d.

 

Foreword (1972). See How the Piano Came to Be Prepared

 

Foreword

Description: foreword to M (book)

Date: ca. 1972-1973

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 8 folder 26-29

Publication: Cage 1973e.

 

Foreword

Description: foreword to Empty Words (book)

Date: prior to or during 1979

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1979f.

 

Foreword

Description: foreword to X (book)

Date: 1982 or 1983

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1983b.

 

Foreword

Description: foreword to Heidi Von Gunden, The Music of Ben Johnston

Date: before or during 1986

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1986b.

 

Foreword

Description: foreword to Colin C. Sterne, Arnold Schoenberg: The Composer as Numerologist

Date: before or during 1992

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1993c.

 

Forgive Me

Description: mesostic on “Oscar [sic] Fischinger”

Date: 8 May 1980

Dedication: to Elfriede Fischinger

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: as part of Cage/Anonymous 1993CORRESPONDENCE, 129.

 

The Future of Music

Description: lecture

Date: prior to 3 April 1974; revised before or during 1979

First reading: between 3-6 April 1974

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 5 folder 3-4; New York, Public Library, JPB 94-24 folder 1003

Publication: Cage 1974f

Literature: Cage 1979c, 177n.

 

The Future of Music: Credo

Description: lecture

Date: 1940 in Seattle, Washington?

First reading: [after 1938]

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 5 folder 13

Publication: Cage 1959b

Literature: CHECKCage 1961h, 3; Dahlhaus 1984JOHN; Griffiths, P. 1981a, 7; Spinello 19NN; Yates 196?8a, 323.

 

Genekus2

Description: TEXT

Date: April 1985 in New York

Sources: Red Hook, New York, John Cage Trust at Bard College

Publication: none

Literature: Thorman 2002, 207.

 

Gentlemen of the Wesleyan Glee Club

Description: lecture

Date: [before spring 1961]

First reading: spring 1961

Sources: draft (9 leaves, typescript); Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library

Publication: none.

 

Goal: New Music, New Dance

Description: article

Date: before or during December 1939

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1939

Literature: Cage 1961h, 87n.

 

Grace and Clarity

Description: article

Date: before or during November 1944

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 2 folder 20

Publication: Cage 1944

Literature: Thorman 2002, 13.

 

Grand Street and Monroe (for R.L. Twenty Years After)

Description: five mesostics on “Richard Lippold”

Date: early 1973

Sources: Red Hook, New York, John Cage Trust at Bard College

Publication: Cage 1973GRAND.

 

h2 WDR

Description: Eight mesostics on “Hörspiel”

Date: before 29 September 1985; revised between 29 September 1985 and February 1987

Hoe alfabetiseren?; first and second version separately listed?

First reading: (first version), 29 September 1985, Cologne, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Kleiner Sendesaal, John Cage (program 1. Acustica, CHECK)

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1985H2WDR.

 

Haikus: Letters from the Seventeen Chapters of Finnegans Wake

Description: mesostics

Date: November 1983

First performance: presumably 21 May 1991

Sources: Red Hook, New York, John Cage Trust at Bard College

Publication: none.

 

Happy New Years

Description: text [original titles of both parts, pp. 30-33, 33-34]

Date: 1964?

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 6 folder 4-8

Publication: Cage 1964XCHECK.

 

History of Experimental Music in the United States

Description: article

Date: 1958 or 1959 [part of the classes at the New School for Social Research]

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 6 folder 9-10

Publication: Cage 1959ZUR.

 

HMCIEX

Note: the title fuses HCE (“Here Comes Everybody”, after James Joyce) and “mix”

Description: radio play on magnetic tape for male voice, female voice, reciting a collage from a list of 502 syllables (English) and 520 syllables (German) derived from the names of 151 countries recognized by the United Nations, and recordings of excerpts of folk music selected from those countries

Extent: *** systems

Duration: approximately 50 minutes (sendung?), piece 30 minutes?

Commission: Independent Composers Association, Los Angeles, California, co-produced by Westdeutscher Rundfunk

Dedication: for the Los Angeles Olympic Arts Festival

Date: 1983-1984

Realization: May 1984

First broadcast: 10 July 1984

Sources: Bensberg, collection Klaus Schöning; New York, Public Library, JPB 94-24 folder 628-629

Publication: excerpt of draft in facsimile in Charles 1987-1988, 402

Literature: Kostelanetz 1987d.

 

How Many Years ago

Description: mesostic

Date: before or during 1985

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1985b.

 

How the Piano Came to Be Prepared

Note: earlier title Foreword

Description: text

Date: April 1972

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 5 folder 5-6

Publication: Cage 1973d.

 

How to Get Started

Description: improvised brief comments on ten topics (written on ten sheets), all of which are recorded and played back simultaneously with the next

Date: 31 August 1989

First performance: 31 August 1989

Sources: Red Hook, New York, John Cage Trust at Bard College

Publication: none.

 

How to Pass, Kick, Fall and Run

Description: stories

Date: before 24 November 1965

First reading: 24 November 1965

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 6 folder 11-17

Publication: Cage 1967f

Literature: Mumma 1967; Thorman 2002, 75, 83, 92, 207.

 

If There Isn’t Any, Why Do You Wear Them?

Description: five mesostics on “shoes”

Date: before or during 1977 or earlier

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1977b.

 

“I’m the Happiest Person I Know” (S.W.)

Description: three mesostics on “Sue Weil”

Date: between 1973 and 1975 and completed before 3 April 1975

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1975e.

 

The Immaculate Medawewing

Description: short story

Date: before December 1929

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: (as “Jonathan Cage”): Cage 1930.

 

In Memoriam S.W.

Description: mesostic on “Stefan Wolpe”

Date: between 4-10 April 1972

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1973f.

 

In This Day...

Description: introductory remarks for programs with Merce Cunningham and Dance Company

Date: fall 1956, prior to 9 November

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 2 folder 21-22

First reading: presumably 9 November 1956

Publication: Cage 1957b

Literature: Cage 1961h, 94n.

 

Indeterminacy

Description: lecture

Date: September 1958-completed before 8 September

First reading: 8 September 1958

Sources: Los Angeles, California, Getty Center, 940073 box 7 folder 2; ***CHECK location (instructions for performance, 1 leaf, ruled paper, pencil); Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 2 folder 13-14

Publication: Cage 1958ÜBER; Cage 1959g.

 

Indeterminacy: New Aspect of Form in Instrumental and Electronic Music

Description: lecture in the form of a series of ninety short stories

Date: Late September-prior to 9 October 1958, with 1959 additions

First performance: 9 October 1958

Sources: Los Angeles, California, Getty Center, 960036, box 40 folder 10; Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 6 folder 18, box 7 folder 1-3

Publication: Cage 1959f; Cage 1961GG; facsimile of an autograph sketch in Kostelanetz 1970d, illustration 42, between 197-198. Cf. also Cage 1968[Cunningham stories]/1970; Dunn 1962, 32 (data); compare John 1970: Cage ?et al. 1968[Cunningham-Stories]

Literature: Cage 1959g; Cage 1961h, 260-261; Cage 1967o, 133; Helms 1959; Kostelanetz 1992a; Yates 196?/1968, 306-307.

 

International Patriotism

Description: valedictorian address

Date: prior to 29 June 1928

First read: 29 June 1928

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: none

Literature: none.

 

Inter-View

Date: circa 1985.

 

Introduction

Description: introduction to English translation of Pour les oiseaux

Date: ca. 1981

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1981d.

 

Introduction

Description: introduction to the book Marshall McLuhan: The Man and His Message

Date: before or during 1989

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1989e.

 

Introduction to Mushrooms et Variationes

Description: explanatory note

Date: circa 1983

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1986c (previously as program notes).

 

ISCMkus

Note: title uncertain; possibly Sounds and Silence

Description: mesostics

Date: March 1989

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: none [possibly in ISCM World Music Days 1989 program].

 

James Joyce, Marcel Duchamp, Erik Satie: An Alphabet

Description: mesostics and quoted excerpts

Note: in 1980-1982 Cage transformed the text into a radio play.

Model: Marcel Duchamp, Salt Seller: The writings of Marcel Duchamp, ed. Michel Sanouillet and Elmer Peterson. New York: Oxford University Press, 1973; James Joyce, Finnegans Wake. New York: Viking, 1939; Erik Satie, Ecrits, réunis, établis et annotés par Ornella Volta. Paris: Editions Champ Libre, 1977

Commission: Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date: October-December 1979

First performance: 25 January 1980

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1981e; Cage1988FurnitureBallade (excerpt)

Literature: Cage 1983X, 53-55 (headnote Alphabet); Cage/Cope 1980, 11; Cage/Roth and Roth 1973***; Cage/Schöning 1984-1985a; Cage/Schöning 1984-1985b; Cage/Timar, Frasconi, and Ingelevics 1981, 14; Charles 1979, 139-160; Crampton 1985; Fullemann 1985***; Kostelanetz 1987d; Kostelanetz 1988b, 168; Perloff, M. 1994a; Reichert 1984-1985; Schöning 1982.

 

James Joyce, Marcel Duchamp, Erik Satie: Ein Alphabet

Description: radio play on magnetic tape

Text: John Cage (German trans. by Klaus Reichert)

Extent: *** systems

Duration: 82 minutes

Date: between 1980-1982 and completed 27 February 1982 in New York

First broadcast: 6 July 1982

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: none

Literature: Behrendsen 1984-1985b; Cage/Schöning 1984-1985a; Cage/Schöning 1984-1985b; Fullemann 1984-1985; Hinz 1985; Kostelanetz 1987d; Reichert 1984-1985; Schöning 1982, 21.

 

Jasper Johns

Description: mesostic

Date: 1979 or earlier

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1979g.

 

Jasper Johns: Stories and Ideas

Description: article

Date: September 1963-January 1964

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 7 folder 24-44

Publication: Cage 1964JASPER

Literature: Kostelanetz 1988b, 133-136; Perloff, M. 2006.

 

Juilliard Lecture

Description: text. I-IV

Note: used in Untitled Black Mountain piece

Date: before 27 March 1952

First reading: 27 March 1952

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 8 folder 1-4

Publication: Cage 1967g

Literature: Cage 1961h, x; Cage 1967o, 95n; Kostelanetz 1969[D]/1970, 198; Nyman 1974EXPERIMENTAL, 60.

 

July 13, 1972

Mesostic on “Verena”

Date: 13 July 1972

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1973g.

 

Klassik nach Wunsch

Description: radio play for records and speaking voices?

Extent:

Duration:

Date: 1982 and finished on or before 23 April

First performance: 23 April 1982, Cologne, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Klassik nach Wunsch, John Cage and Klaus Schöning (voices) (Cage/Schöning 1983CHECK; Kölner Gesellschaft 1983, 31)

Sources: New York, Public Library, JPB 94-24 folder 603

Publication: none

Literature: Schöning 1983HÖRSPIELMACHER.

 

Ladies of the Monday Club and Gentlemen of the Faculty

Description: lecture

Date: 1960

First reading: 1960

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 8 folder 5

Publication: Cage 1970c.

 

Lecture at the Commemorative Lecture Meeting. See An Autobiographical Statement.

 

Lecture on Commitment

Description: mosaic of statements, anecdotes, stories

Extent: fifty-six cards, twenty-eight with texts, twenty-eight with numbers representing seconds, both categories to be combined randomly (one text excepted)

Duration: 20 minutes (Cage’s realization)

Note: written for the Beta Symposium at Wesleyan University

Date: completed 21 February 1961

First performance: 23 February 1967

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 2 folder 4-6

Publication: Cage 1967h

Literature: Cage 1967o, ix, 112.

 

Lecture on Nothing

Description: text

Date: circa 1949-1950

First reading: 1950, New York, Artist’s Club on 8th Street, John Cage (Cage 1959g; Cage 1961d, ix; Snyder, E. J. 1970a, 38)

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 10 folder 22

Publication: Cage 1959c

Literature: Cadenbach 1998; Cage 1959g; Cage 1961d, ix-xi; Cage 1961h, 109n; Kim-Cohen 2011; Maier, T.M. 2001b; Pritchett 1993, N-N***; Shultis 1995; Thorau 1994.

 

Lecture on Something

Description:

Date: during or after 1951 or later [***FR: 1949]

First reading: during or after 1951, New York, Artist’s Club, John Cage (Snyder, E. J. 1970a, 38)

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 11 folder 29-32

Publication: Cage 1959d

Literature: Cage 1961h, 128n; Budweg 1982CHECKREL; Oehlschlägel 1979CHECKREL; Shultis 1995.

 

Letter(s) to Erik Satie

Note: title also encountered as Letters to Erik Satie and Letter to Erik Satie

Note: may be performed simultaneously with Sound Anonymously Received [music]

Choreography: Merce Cunningham, Tango

Medium: speaker/vocalist and tape loops (Cage reciting the name, “Erik Satie,” letter by letter, recorded and made into a tape loop played during the first four minutes; at the fourth minute sound stops and on-stage television set plays for 30 seconds, followed by the sound of a wailing teapot with boiling water; at the end tea is made and drunk by Cage wearing a throat microphone)

Extent: unknown

Duration: unknown

Dedication: for Walter Marchetti (1) and Juan Hidalgo (2)

Date: 6 May 1978 (1) and 7 May 1978 (2) in Milan

First performance: presumably 5 October 1978 [***also in Paris 7-19 May 1978]

Sources: New York, Public Library, JPB 94-24 folder 576-577; Paris, collection Ornella Volta

Publication: none; facsimile sketches, Avant-scŹne Ballet/danse [***]; Charles 1987-1988, 414-415

Literature: Cage/Raymond and Roberts 1980, 6; Sears 1981; Thorman 2006.

 

List No. 2

Description: text

Date: 1960 or 1961

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1970e.

 

Listening to Music

Description: lecture

Date: prior to or during fall 1937

First reading: fall 1937

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 8 folder 21

Publication: Cage 1993e.

 

A Long Letter

Description: mesostics on “Conlon Nancarrow”

Date: before or during 1977

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1977c.

 

Looking at Painting from a Musical Point of View

Description: text

Date: 1974?

First read:

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 8 folder 22

Publication: none.

 

Macrobiotic Cooking

Description: recipes

Date: 1984

Sources: New York, Public Library, JPB 94-24 folder 816

Publication: Cage 1991f.

 

Many Happy Returns

Description: mesostic on “Lou Harrison”

Date: between 1973 and 1978

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1979i.

 

Marcel Duchamp and Suzuki Daisetz

Description:

Note: Part of Themes and Variations?

Date: before or during 1981

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1981g.

 

McLuhan’s InŖuence

Description: text. Statement?

Date: 11 January 1967

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 9 folder 17

Publication: Cage 1970f.

 

The Meadows Award 1989

Description: mesostic on “Robert Rauschenberg”

Date: 3 October 1989

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1989f.

 

Meister Duchamp or Living on Water

Description: mesostic on “Meister Eckhart”

Date: 14 April 1991

Sources: estate of Daniel Charles

Publication: Cage 1994c.

 

Mesdamkus2

Description: seventeen mesostics on “Trois poŹmes d’amour”; part of The First Meeting of the Satie Society

Model: James Joyce, Finnegans Wake. New York: Viking, 1939

Date: February-March 1985

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: none.

 

Mesostic

Description: mesostic on “Mac Low”

Date: before or during 1992

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1993f.

 

Mesostic

Description: mesostic

Model: Kurt Schwitters, An Anna Blume (Merzgedicht 1)

Date: before or during 1987

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1987d

Literature: Erlhoff and Stadtmüller 1987.

 

Message

Description: mesostic on “Yoritsune Matsudaira”

Date: unknown

Note: in French

Sources: Red Hook, New York, John Cage Trust at Bard College

Publication: Cage 1998c.

 

Mirage verbal: Writings through Marcel Duchamp, Notes

Description: poem in ten parts (ten writings through); mesostics on “mirage verbal”

Model: Marcel Duchamp, Notes, arranged and translated by Paul Matisse. Paris: Centre National d’Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, 1980; repr. 1983

Duration: circa 25 minutes

Date: April-May 1984

First read: 26 August 1984

First broadcast: 14 February 1989

Note: in French

Sources: Red Hook, New York, John Cage Trust at Bard College

Publication: Cage 1990d.

 

Mirakus2

Description: twelve mesostics on “mirage verbal”

Model: Marcel Duchamp, Notes, arranged and translated by Paul Matisse. Paris: Centre National d’Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, 1980; repr. 1983

Note: also used as text for songs of the same name

Date: November 1984

Sources: Red Hook, New York, John Cage Trust at Bard College

Publication: Cage 1990e.

 

Miró in the Third Person: 8 Statements

Description: statements

Extent: 8 statements comprising 29, 62, 40, 7, 35, 23, 47, 58 words respectively

Date: September 1966

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 9 folder 19-22

Publication: Cage 1967j

Literature: Cage 1967o, 85n.

 

Morris Graves

Description:

Date: summer 1957, prior to 29 June

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 6 folder 3

Publication: Cage 1957c.

 

Mosaic

Description: review

Date: April 1965, completed before 21 April; revised September-October 1966

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 9 folder 24-29

Publication: Cage 1965a

Literature: Cage 1967o, 43n.

 

A Movement, A Sound, A Change of Light

Description: essay on Merce Cunningham for program booklets of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company

Date: circa 1963

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1963MOVEMENT

Literature: none.

 

Mud Book

Description: book for children on the various ways to make pies and cakes out of mud

Date: early 1950s in collaboration with Lois Long (drawings)

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage and Long 1982

Literature: Tomkins 1965, 114.

 

Muoyce (Writing for the Fifth Time through Finnegans Wake)

Description: text, mainly whispered, occasionally chanted

Model: James Joyce, Finnegans Wake. New York: Viking, 1939

Duration: approximately 120 minutes

Extent: 17 sections (as chapters in Joyce) in the same proportions as the length of the chapters; total 608 lines; one line lasts approximately 11.35" seconds

Date: 1981 or 1982-prior to 27 March 1983

First reading: 27 March 1983

Sources: New York, Public Library, JPB 94-24 folder 900

Publication: Cage 1982j

Literature: Cage 1980e; Cage 1983e; Cage 1983j, 173; Kostelanetz 1987d; Mac Low 1980, [47]-[48].

 

Muoyce (Writing for the Fifth Time through Finnegans Wake)

Description: program note

Date: before or during 1983

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1983e.

 

Muoyce II (Writing through Ulysses)

Description: poem in eighteen sections for soloist with six tapes of traffic sounds recorded in different cities

Model: James Joyce, Ulysses

Date: 1992 in New York and completed before or during May

First reading: 5 October 1993

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1992eMUOYCE

Literature: Cage 1992eMUOYCE, 151n; Culver 1992[CHECK], 287.

 

Mureau

Description: poem

Note: earlier titles Music of Thoreau, Mueau [May 1972 Bremen, presented as such]; version for solo voice and three pre-recorded tapes realized by John Cage

Extent: I. N columns [M, 35-38]; II. N columns [M, 40-44]; III. N columns [M, 45-49]; IV. N columns [M, 50-56]

Duration: approximately 70 minutes

Model: Henry David Thoreau, Journal

Date: prior to 7 November 1970

First performance: shortly after 7 November 1970

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 9 folder 30-32

Publication: Cage 1971d

Literature: Cage 1972c; Cage 1972[LETTER-TO-OTTE-B]; Cage 1972[LETTER-TO-OTTE-C]; Cage 1973h, ix, xiii, 219; Cage 1979c, 11; Cage 1980e; Cage/Kostelanetz 1980; Cage/Smith, S. S. 1992, 50; Charles 1978c, 227+; David 1977; Griffiths, P. 1981a, 41; Mac Low 1980, [43]; Shultis 1995.

 

Mureau

Description: program notes

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1972c.

 

Mushroom Book

Description: texts [also visual art]

Date: 1972

Publication (of the text): Cage 1972MUSHROOM

Literature: Thorman 2002, 131, 209.

 

Mushroom Haiku

Description: this is presumably the mesostic on “Morel” cited in the preface to “Writing for the Second Time through Finnegans Wake”

Date:

Publication: .

 

Mushrooms

Description: mesostics on

Date: 1979

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1979j.

 

Mushrooms et Variationes

Description: mesostics

Duration: 75 minutes

Date: September-October 1983

First performance: October or November 1983 (possibly 31 October 1983)

Sources: Berlin, collection Heinz-Klaus Metzger and Rainer Riehn (fair copy, typescript)

Publication: Cage 1984a; Cage 1985d

Literature: Cage 1986c; Gronemeyer 1985b; Schöning 1985.

 

Music and Art

Description: collage of texts

Date: prior to or during 1985

Model: Anonymous, John Cage, Marcel Duchamp, Michele Porzio, Erik Satie, Alberto Savinio [pseudonym of Andrea de Chirico] and Arturo Schwartz

Publication: Cage 1985DD.

 

Music and Dance

Description: TEXT

Date: early January 1983

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1983MUSIC.

 

Music and Particularly Silence in the Work of Jackon Mac Low

Description: text

Date: before or during 1980

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1980d.

 

Music and the University: What Kind? What Aim?

Description: transcript of spoken statement

Date: 18 November 1967

Sources: Urbana, University of Illinois, University Archives

Publication: none

Literature: none.

 

Music for Magnetic Tape: History

Description:

Date: prior to 21 March 1953; presumably revised or completed Spring 1955

First read: 22 March 1953

Sources: Evanston, Illinois, Northwestern University Music Library; Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 12 folder 5-10

Publication: none

Literature: referred to by Pritchett 1988, 198.

 

Music for Thirteen

Description: program note

Date: before 23 October 1987

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1987e.

 

Music in Aix

Description: review

Date: 1949, prior to 13 August

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1949d.

 

Music Lovers’ Field Companion

Description: article

Date: 1954 or 1955

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 10 folder 7

Publication: Cage 1955b

Literature: Cage 1961h, 274n.

 

Musical Manuscripts – an Introduction to Notation

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1979k.

 

Musikus2

Description: fourteen mesostics on “Furniture Music”; part of The First Meeting of the Satie Society

Model: Chris Mann, Whistlin is Did

Date: February-March 1985

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: none.

 

Nam June Paik: A Diary

Description: text

Date: October 1965

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 10 folder 8-11

Publication: Cage 1965b.

 

The New School

Note: originally untitled?

Description: text

Commission: written at the request of Clara Meyer, as contribution to a monography on the New School for Social Research, which presumably never appeared

Date: during or after 1960

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1970g.

Literature: Kostelanetz 1970d, 118n.

 

New York Mycological Society

Description: text

Date: prior to 9 May 1965

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1970h

Literature: Kostelanetz 1970d, 151.

 

Nine Mesostics re Jackson Mac Low’s Tree* Movie

Description: poem

Date: 9 February 1975

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: included in Cage 1975PART.

 

Notations

Description: text, typographical design and foreword of Notations

Note: compiled in collaboration with Alison Knowles

Date: begun 1966 or 1967 in collaboration with Dick Higgins and Alison Knowles (Cage 1967a, 163); completed 1968?, foreword May 1968

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1969NOTATIONS.

 

Notations for A.K.

Description: mesostic on “Alison Knowles”

Dedication: for Alison Knowles, for her show “Um-Laut,” Galerie Schüppenhauer in Köln (Engelbertstraße 30), 17 January-22 February 1992, vernissage 17 January 1992

Date: December 1991 or earlier

Publication: printed on the invitation for the vernissage, December 1991.

 

Note re Recent Texts

Description:

Date: before or during the fall of 1973

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1973i.

 

Now (1987)

Description: mesostic on “listening”

Date: before or during 1987

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1987NOW.

 

Now (1988)

Note: part of Time (Three Autokus)

Model: Buckminster Fuller, “Now Hourglass”, in Synergetics 2: Further Explorations in the Geometry of Thinking. [New York?***]: Macmillan, 1979

Date: March 1988

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: included in Cage 1990h.

 

On Dylan Thomas

Description: text

Date: prior to 26 January 1972

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 12 folder 13-14

Publication: none.

 

On Film

Description: address to Creative Film Foundation

Date: prior to 6 April 1956

First reading: 6 April 1956

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 5 folder 11

Publication: Cage 1970i.

 

On Nam June Paik’s “Zen for Film” (1962-64)

Description: text

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1968b.

 

On Robert Rauschenberg, Artist, and His Work

Description: text

Date: February 1961

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 10 folder 32

Publication: Cage 1961ON

Literature: Cage 1961h, 98n; Cage 1962CARTRIDGE; Kostelanetz 1988b, 133-134.

 

On the Surface

Description: program note on Thirty Pieces for Five Orchestras

Date: prior to 19 November 1981

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1981h.

 

On the Windshield of a New Fiat for James K. (who had not made up his mind where to go) and Carolyn Brown

Poem

Mesostic?

Date: 1970?

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: as text of Solo for Voice 68 from Song Books, 246-247; repr. included in Cage 1973k, 94.

 

One12

Medium: voice

Extent: 2 sentences

Duration: indeterminate

Dedication: for Alfonso Fratteggiani Bianchi and the Quaderni perugini di musica contemporanea

Date: February-June 1992

First performance: 22 June 1992

Sources: New York, Public Library, JPB 94-24 folder 887; Pieve Caina, Quaderni perugini di musica contemporanea

Publication: in Quaderni Perugini di Musica Contemporanea no. 52-57 (June 1992), 6-7; repr. in Brand and Bianchi 1993, 30; repr. New York: Henmar Press, 2*** (Peters; 67903)

Literature: Cage/Retallack 1996, 270; Raybaud 1995; Thorman 2002, ix, 6, 27, 105, 113, 115, 143-147, 178, 202, 203, 209.

 

Other People Think

Description: lecture

Date: 1927?

First reading: 1927?

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 10 folder 23

Publication: Cage 1970j.

 

Overpopulation and Art

Description: mesostics

Model: letter by Esther Ferrer (published as Ferrer 1995) and other models

Date: December 1991

Dedication: for the Stanford Humanities Center

First reading: 28 and 30 January 1992

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1992g

Literature: Retallack 1994b.

 

Package from Switzerland

Description: mesostic on “Hanna”

Date: before or during 1980

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1980f.

 

Painting Relates to Any Moment

Description: poem; autoku

Model: Robert Rauschenberg, TITLE?, 19NN

Date: 1988 in New York

Sources: Red Hook, New York, John Cage Trust at Bard College

Publication: Cage 1989g.

 

Percussion Music Seattle ’38-NYC ’90

Description: mesostic on “William Russell”

Date: February 1990

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1990P.

 

Poem for Edwin Denby. See Present.

 

Preface to Indeterminacy

Note: editorially titled

Description: introduction the the text, Indeterminacy: New Aspect of Form in Instrumental and Electronic Music

Date: after July 1959

Sources:

Publication: Cage 1959g.

 

Present

Note: also published as Poem for Edwin Denby

Description: mesostic on “Edwin Denby”

Date: presumably 1963

Dedication: for Edwin Denby

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1970k

Literature: Cage 1973h, ix; Kostelanetz 1970d, 149n.

 

Problem

Date: February 1955 or earlier

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1955c.

 

Proposal to Establish a Center for Experimental Music

Description:

Date: summer 1963, written with David Tudor

Sources: Los Angeles, California, Getty Center, 940073 box 7 folder 3; Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library (draft, 6 leaves, typescript)

Publication: none.

 

Re and not re Fuller and Mao

Description: text

Date: circa 1972

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 3 folder 26

Publication: Cage 1972e.

 

Relakus2

Description: seven mesostics on “RelČche”; part of The First Meeting of the Satie Society

Model: Marcel Duchamp, Notes, arranged and translated by Paul Matisse. S.l. [Paris]: Centre National d’Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, 1980 [CAGE zegt: 1983]

Date: February-March 1985

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1986RELA.

 

Remarks before a Recital

Description: remarks on recital by David Tudor, 19 March 1959

Date: before 19 March 1959

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 10 folder 33-37

Publication: Cage 1959DAVID (as “David Tudor”).

 

Remarks before a Visit to Japan

Date: 14 September 1962

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1962c.

 

Remarks on Theatre Song and Ikon

Description: review?

Date: November 1960

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 11 folder 2-3

Publication: Cage 1960a.

 

Repertoire

Description: text

Date: ca. 1991?

Sources: New York, Public Library, JPB 94-24 folders 879-880

Publication: ?.

 

Rhythm Etc.

Description:

Date: October 1961-May 1962

Note: beginning later used for Time (Three Autokus)

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 11 folder 6-7

Publication: Cage 1966f

Literature: Cage 1967o, 120n.

 

Robert Rauschenberg

Description: mesostic

Date: before or during 1979

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1979m.

 

Rutgers Lecture. See Communication.

 

Ryoanji

Description: program note

Date: prior to 18 November 1988

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1988R.

 

Scenario for M.F. (with Numbers in Celebration of his 60th Birthday)

Description: mesostics on “Morton Feldman”

Date: July 1986 in Szombathely

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1987h.

 

Sculpture musicale

Description: autoku

Model: Marcel Duchamp

Date: August 1985

Sources: Red Hook, New York, John Cage Trust at Bard College

Publication: Cage 1987i.

 

Selkus2

Description: thirteen mesostics on “Marcel Duchamp”

Model: Marcel Duchamp, Notes, arranged and translated by Paul Matisse. Paris: Centre National d’Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, 1980; repr. 1983

Date: November 1984

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1990SELKUS.

 

Series re Morris Graves

Description:

Model: John Cage, rhythmic patterns from Quartet [1935, music]; Sri Ramakrishna; Carl Gustav Jung, Transformation Symbolism in the Mass; the I Ching; Epiphanius; Athenagoras as quoted by Hans Leisegang, The Mystery of the Serpent

Date: 1973-April 1973

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 5 folder 14-box 6 folder 2

Publication: Cage 1974g

Literature: Cage 1979c, 99n; Thorman 2002, 209.

 

Seriously Comma

Description: essay

Date: September 1965

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 11 folder 15-16

Publication: Cage 1966g.

 

Silent Environment

Description: program note

Date: before 20 January 1980

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1980h.

 

Six Arts and Technology

Description: text

Date: late 1969

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 11 folder 26

Publication: none.

 

Sixty-one Mesostics re and not re Norman O. Brown

Description: fifteen mesostics on “Norman”, twenty-four on “O”, twenty-one on “Brown”

Date: during or after 1977 or 1978/before or during 1978 (Cage1979c, 123)

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1979n.

 

Sixty-two Mesostics re Merce Cunningham. See Music.

 

Song (1970)

Description: poem

Model: Henry David Thoreau, Journal

Date: between August and October 1970

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1973[SONG]

Literature: Cage 1973h, x; Cage 1980e.

 

Song (1973-1978)

Description: mesostic on “Jasper Johns”

Date: between 1973 and 1978

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1979o.

 

Song for the Tibetan Bowl Ensemble

Description: text

Date: unknown (circa 1991?)

Sources: New York, Public Library, JPB 94-24 folder 1074

Publication: none?

 

Song Ghosts

Description: poem

Date: April 1929 or earlier

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1929.

 

Songs for C.W.

Description: poem/Mesostics on “Christian Wolff”

Date: July 1985

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1985-1986

Literature: Cage 1988c, 11.

 

Sonnekus2

Description: nine mesostics on “Sonneries”

Model: the first book of Moses, Genesis

Date: February 1985

Note: used as text for Sonnekus2 (songs, 1985)

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1985f.

 

South Winds in Chicago

Description: review

Date: before or during May-June 1942 in Chicago, Illinois

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1941-1942c

Literature: Fürst-Heidtmann 1979CHECK, 21.

 

Sports

Description:

Date:

Sources:

Publication: Cage 1989j.

 

Stanzas for T.T.

Description: thirteen mesostics on “Toru Takemitsu”

Date: May 1987

Sources: Red Hook, New York, John Cage Trust at Bard College

Publication: Cage 1991h.

 

Storia dell’opera

Description: text

Date: 1987

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1987STORIA.

 

Stufen: An Autoku for Siegfried Unseld

Description: for any number of readers and/or singers (using no vibrato, singing very quietly)

Text: John Cage, original texts, 19??

Model: Hermann Hesse, Stufen

Extent: *** sentences (instructions for performance), *** sentences (text)

Duration: unknown

Date: 2 June 1989

First performance: after 2 June 1989

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1989k

Literature: Cage/Retallack 1991, 117-118.

 

Summer Music: The Parks

Description: review

Date: before November-December 1944 in New York

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1944-1945.

 

Sylvia Streetor Recitalist

Description: review

Date: 13-14 November 1942

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1942a.

 

Talk I

Description: text

Date: September 1965

First performance: 19 September 1965

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 12 folder 3-4, box 14 folder 9

Publication: Cage 1967l

Literature: Cage 1967o, 141n; CHECK: Kostelanetz 1969[D]/1970, 198.

 

Ten Years before Sixty-seven

Description: mesostic on Leo Castelli

Date: 1967

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1967m.

 

Theme and Variations (McLuhan)

Description: mesostics on “Marshall McLuhan”***

Date: March 1984

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1985g.

 

Themes and Variations

Description: mesostics

Medium: for voice solo

Extent: [five times fifteen] mesostics

Duration: 60 minutes

Date: [1979?-] 1980; completed prior to 20 May 1980 [January-February?]

First performance: 16 January 1980 (partial); 20 May 1980 (complete)

Sources: present location unknown, but see New York, Public Library, JPB 94-24 folder 632

Publication: Cage 1982THEMES

Literature: Cage 1982INTRODUCTION; Cage/De Vree 1980; Cage/Raymond and Roberts 1980, 8; Radano 1982-1983.

 

“There is not much difference between the two” (Suzuki Daisetz)

Description: mesostic on “Takiguchi”

Date: 1979 or earlier

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1979pTHERE.

 

There’s Virtually Nothing to Say

Note: part of Time (Three Autokus)

Model: John Cage, Rhythm Etc. (1961-1962)

Date: March 1988

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: included in Cage 1990h.

 

These Days

Description: text

Date: 1968

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 12 folder 11-12

Publication: Cage 1970n.

 

They Come

Description: autoku

Note: earlier title For N. Z.

Model: Samuel Beckett, “Elles viennent” (1937), in Samuel Beckett, Collected Poems, 1930-1978. London: J. Calder, 1984

Date: December 1985

Dedication: for Nicholas Zurbrugg

Sources: New York, Public Library, JPB 94-24 folder 661

Publication: Cage 1987l.

 

Thirteen Selkus. See Selkus2.

 

Thoroughness Like Water

Description: mesostic on “Joseph Beuys”

Date: May 1986

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1986d.

 

Three Asides on the Dance

Note: entitled editorially

Description: statements on the dance

Date: ca. 1959

Sources: Red Hook, New York, John Cage Trust at Bard College

Publication: Cage 1993h.

 

Time (Three Autokus)

1. What You Say… (1986); 2. Now; 3. There’s Virtually Nothing to Say

Description: includes What You Say…, Now, and There’s Virtually Nothing to Say

Date: October 1986 (1); March 1988 (2, 3)

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1990h.

 

Time to Walk in Space

Note: originally untitled

Description: stories about Merce Cunningham

Date: prior to 8 May 1968

First performance: 8 May 1968 or earlier

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1968c.

 

To Describe the Process of Composition Used in Music for Piano 21-52

Description: essay

Date: May 1956

Sources: Los Angeles, California, Getty Center, 940073 box 7 folder 2; Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 2 folder 25-26

Publication: Cage 1957a.

 

To Describe the Process of Composition Used in Music of Changes and Imaginary Landscape No. 4

Date: after 13 December 1951/circa 1952

Sources: Los Angeles, California, Getty Center, 940073 box 7 folder 2

Publication: Cage 1952a.

 

To Describe the Process of Composition Used in Not Wanting to Say Anything about Marcel

Description: essay

Date: September 1969

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1969c.

 

Tokyo Lecture

Description: lecture

Date: prior to 5 December 1986

First reading: 5 December 1986

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: included in Cage 1988c, 6-11.

 

Toyama 1982

Description: mesostic on “Takiguchi Shuzo”

Date: 1982

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1982TOYAMA.

 

Two Ackus

Description: poems

Date: 14 April 1985

Sources: Red Hook, New York, John Cage Trust at Bard College

Publication: none.

 

Two Mesostics

Description: two mesostics on “Frank O’Hara”

Date: 1978 or earlier

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1978d.

 

Two Performance Dreams

Description: prose text

Date: before or during the fall of 1980

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1980j.

 

Two Statements on Ives

Description: statements

Date: 7 April 1964 in Stony Point, New York: (first statement [letter to Michael O. Zahn]) and in September 1965 (second statement); written out December 1966

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 7 folder 9-23

Publication: Cage 1967n.

 

Unabstracted

Description: text by Stephen Paul Miller and Cage’s transformation of it

Date: before 9 June 1984

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage and Miller 1994

Literature: Cage/Shapiro 1985, 109.

 

Unfinished Music

Description: mesostic on “musi”

Date: 30 June 1990

Dedication: for Susumu Shôno

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1991i.

 

Unfortunate Comment on Our Musical “Life,” That Everybody’s Interested in

Description: note on Erik Satie

Date: prior to or during 1951

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1951c.

 

University in Motion: Matrix for the Arts

Description: address

Date: 1967

First reading: presumably 18 November 1967

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 12 folder 19

Publication: none.

 

Variations with Interludes and Variations

Description: mesostics on “Erik Satie,” “Gnossiennes,” “Les*** fils d’étoiles,” “Mercure,” “Nocturnes,” “Parade,” “PiŹces froides,” “Socrate,” “Sports et divertissements,” “Tendrement,” “Trois morceaux en forme de poire”; part of The First Meeting of the Satie Society

Date: January-March 1985

Duration: 60 minutes

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: none.

 

Virgil Thomson: His Music

Note: original version unpublished

Description: theoretical study

Date: 1956; revised version completed before or during Spring 1959

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library

Publication: Cage 1959i

Literature: Henahan 1972; Tomkins 1965, 114.

 

Voiceless Essay

Description: TO MUSIC? Electronically transformed recording of text on magnetic tape

Choreography: Merce Cunningham, Points in Space

Commission: BBC 2, conceived for television

Extent: *** systems

Duration: unknown

Date: early 1987

First broadcast: 18 July 1987

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: none.

 

Welsh Women’s Chorus in 5th Annual Concert

Description: review

Date: 20-21 November 1942

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1942b.

 

What You Say…

Description: autoku

Note: part of Time (Three Autokus)

Model: Jasper Johns, [last response in an interview with Christian Geelhaar], in Jasper Johns: Working Proofs, ed. Christian Geelhaar. Basel: Kunstmuseum, 1979

Date: October 1986

First reading: 9 September 1987

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1987o

Literature: Perloff, M. 1997.

 

Where Are We Eating? and What Are We Eating? (38 Variations on a Theme by Alison Knowles)

Description: Text; used by Pia Gilbert, in her work Food

Date: before or during 1975

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 12 folder 27-29; New York, Public Library, JPB 94-24 folder 543

Publication: Cage 1975WHERE

Literature ***Cage 1973h, ix.

 

Where Are We Going? and What Are We Doing?

Description: lecture on four single-track magnetic tapes, to be used, in whole or part, to provide a single lecture, or used in any combination up to four to provide simultaneous lectures; when combinations are made, the loudspeakers are to be separated in space; variations in amplitude may be made, following the score WBAI

Date: during or after July 1960; completed 26 April 1961

Realization: John Cage, voice (recorded 1960?) 45'00" [?each]

First performance: 9 January 1961

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 13 folder 1-10

Publication: 1. Text. Cage 1961[WHERE]; 2. Tapes (rental). New York: Henmar Press (P 6773), 1960? 4 single-track reel tapes, 19 cm/second, mono

Literature: Barnes 1966, 53; Cage 1961h, ix-xi, 194n-195; Cage 1962e, 43; Cage 1962[x in Kostelanetz 1970], 144-145; Cage 1967o, 23; Cage 1970f; Mac Low 1980, [42]: 4 teksten: één ervan heet Silence?; Markgraf 1962, 132-134; Yates 1967TWENTIETH, 307-308.

 

Where Do We Go from Here?

Description: article

Note: original title “From a Starting Point”

Date: 1963

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 13 folder 11-14

Publication: Cage 1963c

Literature: Thorman 2002, 210.

 

White on Blanco for O.P.

Description: poem?

Date: 1980

Dedication: for Octavio Paz

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1980k.

 

Wishful Thinking

Description: mesostic on “Richard K Winslow”

Date: between 1979 and 1982

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1983g.

 

Wright’s Oberlin House Restored by E. Johnson

Description: mesostic on “Ellen Johnson”

Date: between 1973 and 1978

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1979s.

 

Writing through Finnegans Wake

Description: mesostics on “James Joyce”

Model: James Joyce, Finnegans Wake. New York: Viking, 1939

Date: early August 1976-May 1977 [*** or 1978: in Bargeen 1977a Cage says he is still working on 1st and 2nd time, Cage/Schönberger: just completed]

Sources: Red Hook, New York, John Cage Trust at Bard College

Publication: Cage 1978i

Literature: Cage 1979c, 133-136; Cage 1980e; Mac Low 1980, [47]-[48]; Rohde 1984; Thorman 2002, 207.

 

Writing for the Second Time through Finnegans Wake

Description: mesostics on “James Joyce”

Model: James Joyce, Finnegans Wake. New York: Viking, 1939

Date: 1976-1978 [***in Bargeen 1977a Cage says he is still working on 1st and 2nd time, Cage/Schönberger: just completed]

First performance: presumably 4 October 1977

Sources: Red Hook, New York, John Cage Trust at Bard College; facsimile in Cage 1982k, p. 28

Publication: Cage 1978h

Literature: Cage 1979c, 133-136; Cage 1980e; Hannes 1993; Schöning 1982; Thorman 2002, 109, 111-112, 207, 211.

 

Writing for the Third Time through Finnegans Wake

Description: mesostics on “James Joyce”

Model: James Joyce, Finnegans Wake. New York: Viking, 1939

Date: 1979

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: none

Literature: Cage 1980e; Thorman 2002, 210.

 

Writing for the Fourth Time through Finnegans Wake

Description: mesostics

Model: James Joyce, Finnegans Wake. New York: Viking, 1939

Date: 1979-1980

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1983h

Literature: Cage 1980e; Cage/Raymond and Roberts 1980, 8; Thorman 2002, 211.

 

Writing for the Fifth Time through Finnegans Wake. See Muoyce.

 

Writing through a Text by Chris Mann

Description: mesostics

Model: Chris Mann, [Untitled] [not identical with Eight Whiskus]

Date: October 1984

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: none.

 

Writing through Die Verwandlung I

Description: mesostics on “Franz Kafka”

Model: Franz Kafka, Die Verwandlung, 1916

Date: 1983; completed before or during May 1983

Dedication: for Dore Ashton

Note: in German

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1990WRITING

Literature: Thorman 2002, 211.

 

Writing through Howl

Description: mesostics on “Allen Ginsberg”: 1. Writing for the First Time through Howl; 2. Writing for the Second Time through Howl; 3. Writing for the Third Time through Howl; 4. Writing for the Fourth Time through Howl; 5. Writing for the Fifth Time through Howl; 6. Writing for the Sixth Time through Howl; 7. Writing for the Seventh Time through Howl; 8. Writing for the Eighth Time through Howl; 9. Writing for the Ninth Time through Howl

Model: Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997), “Howl.” In Allen Ginsberg, Howl and Other Poems. San Francisco, California: City Lights Books, 1956, 9-20

Date: January-April 1984

Dedication: for Allen Ginsberg on his sixtieth birthday

Sources: Red Hook, New York, John Cage Trust at Bard College

Publication: Cage 1986f

Literature: Thorman 2002, 111, 180, 211.

 

Writing through The Agenbite of Outwit

Description: acrostics on “Marshall McLuhan”

Model: Marshall McLuhan, “The Agenbite of Outwit,” Location 1, no. 1 (Spring 1963), 41-44

Date: 1992?

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1993i.

 

Writing through the Bible

Description: mesostics on “Jehovah”

Note: original title Writing through the Five Books of Moses

Model: the Bible

Date: 1983-, unfinished

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1983UNTITLEDNNB; first two stanzas included in Cage/Murphy 1985

Literature: Cage/Sumner, Burch, and Sumner 1986, 15-16.

 

Writing through the Cantos

Description: mesostics on “Ezra Pound”

Model: Ezra Pound, The Cantos of Ezra Pound. New York: New Directions, 1948; revised edition London: Faber & Faber, 1954

Date: between 1979 and 1982

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1983i; Thorman 2002, 111, 211.

 

Writing through Ulysses. See Muoyce II.

 

Writings through the Essay: On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

Note: also known as Essay

Description: eighteen*** mesostics on “Messe des pauvres”

Model: Henry David Thoreau, Essay on the Duty of Civil Disobedience

Date: January-February 1985

First reading: possibly 15 October 1986

Sources: present location unknown

Publication: Cage 1991W (excerpt); Cage1998d

Literature: Cage/Retallack 1996, 141; Mehring 2003; REL?Schöning 1987JOHN/46-47; Thorman 2002, ix, 7, 92, 111, 113, 160, 163, 179-185, 196, 203, 207.

 

A Year from Monday

Description: collection of writings

Date: Spring-December 1966

Sources: Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Olin Library, collection 1000-72, box 14 folder 6-8, 11

Publication: Cage 1967o

Literature: