John Cage (1912-1992)

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Mureau (1972)

1. Part 1

2. Part 2

3. Part 3

4. Part 4

'Mureau': the texts are letter-syllable-word-phrase-sentence mixes obtained by subjecting all remarks by Henry David Thoreau about music, silence and the sounds he heard that are indexed in the Dover Publication of The Journal, edited by Bradford Torrey and Frances H. Allen (New York, 1962) to a series of I Ching chance operations. Personal pronouns were varied according to such operations. The title is the first syllable of the word music together with the second syllable of the name Thoreau" - that's what Cage said in 1970 about this work. Released in 1972.