Presented by Bowerbird in conjunction with the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Music of Changes

Joseph Kubera

About the Event

Composed in 1951, Music of Changes was Cage’s first instrumental composition entirely derived from chance procedures. Cage applied a book of the I Ching, a recent gift from a young Christian Wolff, to various parameters in the music: tempi, dynamics, sounds and silences, durations and superimpositions.  The resulting music is one of pointed extremes and dense counterpoint.  The piano is played, not only by using the keys, but also by plucking the strings with finger nails, playing cymbal beaters on the strings, and even slamming the keyboard lid.  First premiered by David Tudor, a generation later, pianist Joseph Kubera provides an unyielding and complete interpretation of this complex and virtuosic work.

The Program
  • ​Cage: Music of Changes, Books 1 - 4 (1951) Complete
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Thursday, November 1

Venue Info

Trinity Center for Urban Life
22nd & Spruce Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Ticket Info
$15 General Admission; $5 for Students


Additional Info
Tickets can be purchased in advance online or with cash at the door 30 mins prior to the concert. Seating is available on a first come first served.