September 5 – Three Pieces for Two Flutes by John Cage

Today we celebrate the birthday of the iconic American composer, John Cage who was born on September 5, 1912. These three early pieces of the composer were written in 1935 while Cage was studying with Arnold Schoenberg. The pieces can be seen as studies in chromatic counterpoint and the Grave movement, recorded here, tricks the listener’s ear as the two flutists swap registers and parts of the beat to create striking composite rhythms and harmonies. This recording features Jennifer Parker-Harley, professor of flute at the University of South Carolina and Philip Snyder who received his DMA from USC in 2018.

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