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1958 John Cage's Piano Concerto published. The premiere was held at New York's Town Hall. Cage consulted the I Ching while compositing the concerto, which includes catcalls, noise from the piano, and attempts to elicit audience applause early with false endings according to AllMusic.com
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Learning John Cage's Sonatas and Interludes

I couldn't use percussion instruments for Syvilla's dance, though, suggesting Africa, they would have been suitable;​ they would have left too little room [on the stage] for her to perform. I was obliged to write a piano piece. I spent a day or so conscientiously trying to find an African 12-tone row. I had no luck. I decided that what was wrong wa...
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