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Cage Edition 23 – Works For Violin 4



mode 100  John CAGE, Vol. 23: The Works for Violin 4 – Six Melodies for violin & keyboard; Nocturne; Two6; Eight Whiskus; One10 – Irvine Arditti, Stephen Drury

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Cage Edition 23–Works For Violin 4

Six Melodies (1950)   (2:40, 1:34, 2:11, 2:43, 1:31, 1:56)
for violin & keyboard

Nocturne (1947)   (3:30)
for violin & piano

Eight Whiskus (1985)   (1:00, 00:45, 00:46, 00:32, 00:41, 00:57, 00:52, 00:46)
for violin

Two6 (1992)   (19:56)
for violin & piano

One10 (1992)   (24:36)
for violin

Irvine Arditti, violin
Stephen Drury, piano

John Cage especially requested that Irvine Arditti team with Stephen Drury, one of Cage’s favorite pianists, for these works believing that they would be the “perfect” interpreters. Mode celebrates our 100th release with this special disc.

Volume 4 of Irvine Arditti’s masterful traversal of the complete works for violin by Cage combines two of his beautiful early pieces for violin and piano along with Two6, also for violin and piano; and two later works for violin solo.

An overlooked gem in Cage’s early style, the Nocturne receives a rare CD recording here. The beguiling 6 Melodies is an insistently simple work in which the violin must play (as in much of Cage’s music for violin) without vibrato. Its exotic quality is as hypnotic as an Indian raga. Together, these two works offer a wonderful, appealing introduction for the uninitiated to Cage’s music.


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Also by Irvine Arditti (violin; Arditti String Quartet*) on Mode:
John Cage: Freeman Etudes, Books 1 & 2 (mode 32)
Books 3 & 4 (mode 37)
Two4 for violin & sho or piano (mode 88)
String Quartets Vol. 1* (mode 17)
Vol. 2* (mode 27)
Five3* (mode 75)
The Works for Violin 5 (mode 118)
Chaya Czernowin: String Quartet* (mode 77)
Peter Maxwell-Davies: String Quartet No. 1* (mode 59)
Gerard Pape: Vortex* (mode 26); Le Fleuve du Desir* (mode 67)
Hilda Paredes: Permutaciones; The Seventh Seed* (mode 60)

Also by Stephen Drury (piano & conductor) on Mode:
John Cage:
Orchestral Works 1: 101; Ryoanji; Apartment House 1776 (mode 41)
Orchestral Works 2: Etcetera; Etcetera 2/4 Orchestras (mode 86)
Piano Works 1: Music for Two; One; One5; Music Walk (mode 47)
The Piano Concertos: Concerto for Prepared Piano & Chamber
Orchestra; Fourteen (mode 57)
Piano Works 3: The Seasons; Cheap Imitation; ASLSP (mode 63)

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