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Just As They Are

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From the Publisher

Composer's note:

John Cage said:

"I like sounds just as they are.
I love the activity of sound.
I don't want a sound to pretend that it' a bucket - or that it's urm - president - or that it's in love with another sound [laugh]. I just want it to be a sound."

(from John Cage about Silence, New York 2/4/91)


This qork requires playback of a stereo prerecorded track as well as amplification.

Performances will need 2 high-frequency response stereo speakers, positioned mid-stage far-left and far-right; a subwoofer positioned center stage; and a three-channel playback device with stereo output for the tape and mono output for the click track; and 5 in-ear monitors or headphones to send the click track to performers.

A low level of reverb is to be added to the combined ensemble signal, but not to the prerecorded audio.

Performance duration (approx): 5'00

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
  • Part 2: Bb Clarinet
  • Part 3: Piano
  • Part 4: Violin
  • Part 5: Cello
Category: Music for Chamber Groups with Keyboard
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Publisher's reference: BHI 80210
Our Stock Code: 1475555
Media Type: Paperback - Score and parts (17 pages [score])