Faculty Artist Series Recital – John Milbauer, piano
November 29, Tuesday, 7:00p.m.
Holsclaw Hall, $10
“I have nothing to say, I am saying it, and that is poetry.” An evening of John Cage, with John Milbauer
Steinway Artist John Milbauer will return to Holsclaw Hall for a performance of Cage’s groundbreaking hour-long Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano, the extraordinary compendium of Cage’s writing for prepared piano—in which screws, nuts, bolts, rubber, erasers, and weather stripping are placed inside the piano to modify the sonorities—and evolved from Cage’s fascination with the eight permanent emotions of Hindu philosophy: The Heroic, the Erotic, the Wondrous, the Comic, the Sorrowful, the Frightening, the Angry, and the Odious, and their common journey toward Tranquility. Cage believed that the purpose of music was not to excite the listener, but “to sober and quiet the mind, thus rendering it susceptible to divine influences,” and this work displays moments of extraordinary beauty leading to a cathartic whole that far surpasses the sum of its parts.Download The