Dr. Vera Ivanova, Composer
Vera Ivanova,

'...internationally recognized as an emerging artist of great talent.'

Campus Times (University of Rochester/Eastman)

C-A-G-E for ensemble

collaborative work (2013)

composed for CAGE100 Party Pieces Project

Program Notes:
C-A-G-E was composed at the request of the FZML for the CAGE100 Party Pieces project.
The music material comes from the tetrachord C-A-G-E, corresponding to John Cage's last name. This tetrachord is the basis of the sonority sustained in the first measure in strings. In the second measure the tetrachord is transposed by half-step down to G#-B-D#-F# and woodwinds join the strings with the transposed quote from Schoenberg's 6 Kleine Klavierstücke op. 19, IV (in Oboe part). The third measure features another half-step transposition of the tetrachord down to G-Bb-D-F in brass, percussion and piano, thus complementing the aggregate of all twelve pitches.
The condition of the project was to limit a composer to a 5-measure fragment only, and I organized these 5 measures as a metric palindrome with the time signatures 4/1, 3/2, 4/4, 3/2 and 4/1, supported by the palindormic use of tetrachords (C-A-G-E in mm. 1&5; G#-B-D#-F# in mm. 2&4 and 5 and G-Bb-D-F in m.3 and 5). The last measure uses all twelve tones, bringing this short fragment to a logical, yet open-ended conclusion.

Oboe, Bassoon, Trumpet, Trombone, Marimba, Piano, Violin, Viola and Violoncello
c. 1 minute
October 17, 2013, Either/Or ensemble
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January 20th, 2016
C-A-G-E for ensemble, collaborative work (2013) - FZML
UT Connewitz Leipzig (Leipzig, GERMANY)
World Premiere
October 17th, 2013
C-A-G-E for ensemble, collaborative work (2013) - Either/Or ensemble
This piece was composed specially for the Cage100 Party Pieces project. Visit this website to learn more about the project
August 22nd, 2013
C-A-G-E for ensemble, collaborative work (2013) - manuscript exhibition
Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst ( Leipzig, Deutschland)
Exhibition ends on September 15, 2013.