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John Cage and Peter Yates

John Cage and Peter Yates
Correspondence on Music Criticism and Aesthetics

Part of Music since 1900

  • Publication planned for: December 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108480062

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  • The correspondence between composer John Cage and Peter Yates represents the third and final part of Cage's most significant exchanges of letters, following those with Pierre Boulez and with David Tudor. Martin Iddon's book is the first volume to collect the complete extant correspondence with his critical friend, thus completing the 'trilogy' of Cage correspondence published by Cambridge. By bringing together more than 100 letters, beginning in 1940 and continuing until 1971, Iddon reveals the dialogue within which many of Cage's ideas were first forged and informed, with particular focus on his developing attitudes to music criticism and aesthetics. The correspondence with Yates represents precisely, in alignment with Cage's fastidious neatness, the part of his letter writing in which he engages most directly with the last part of his famous tricolon, 'composing's one thing, performing's another, listening's a third'.

    • Provides a complete record of the correspondence between John Cage and the critic Peter Yates
    • Represents the final part of John Cage's three most significant exchanges of letters, following those with Pierre Boulez and with David Tudor (Cambridge)
    • Demonstrates the way in which Cage's ideas rely on and are informed, sometimes tacitly, by his dialogue with critical friends like Yates
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    • Publication planned for: December 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108480062
    • dimensions: 247 x 174 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. John Cage to Peter Yates, undated [1940?]
    2. John Cage to Peter Yates, 1940
    3. John Cage to Peter Yates, 1941
    4. John Cage to Peter Yates, 1941
    John Cage, 'Organized Sound' draft, 1941
    Peter Yates, 'Organized Sound,' California Arts and Architecture (1941)
    5. John Cage to Peter Yates, undated [1941]
    6. John Cage to Peter Yates, undated [ca. 1947]
    7. John Cage to Peter Yates, undated [ca. 1947]
    8. John Cage to Peter Yates, undated [ca. September 1948]
    Peter Yates, 'Music,' Arts and Architecture (1948)
    9. John Cage to Peter Yates, undated [ca. 1948
    Peter Yates, 'Music,' Arts and Architecture (1948)
    Peter Yates, 'Music,' Arts and Architecture (1948)
    10. John Cage to Peter Yates, undated [ca. 1948]
    11. John Cage to Peter Yates, undated [ca. 1948]
    12. John Cage to Peter Yates, undated [early 1949]
    Peter Yates, 'Music,' Arts and Architecture (1949)
    13. Peter Yates to John Cage, 1953
    Peter Yates, 'Music,' Arts and Architecture (1953)
    14. John Cage to Peter Yates, 1953
    15. Peter Yates to John Cage, 1953
    Peter Yates, 'Pierre Boulez,' Arts and Architecture (1957)
    Peter Yates, 'A Collage of American Composers - Part 3,' Arts and Architecture (1959)
    Peter Yates, 'A Collage of American Composers - Part 4,' Arts and Architecture (1959)
    16. Peter Yates to John Cage, 1959
    17. John Cage to Peter Yates, 1959
    18. Peter Yates to John Cage, 1959
    19. Peter Yates to John Cage, 1959
    Peter Yates, 'Virgil Thomson and Horatio Parker,' Arts and Architecture (1959)
    20. Peter Yates to John Cage, 1959
    21. Peter Yates to John Cage, 1959
    22. John Cage to Peter Yates, 1959
    23. Peter Yates to John Cage, 1960
    24. Peter Yates to John Cage, 1960
    25. John Cage to Peter Yates, undated [ca. 1960]
    Peter Yates, 'Two Albums by John Cage - Part 1,' Arts and Architecture (1960)
    26. Peter Yates to John Cage, 1960
    27. John Cage to Peter Yates, 1960
    28. Peter Yates to John Cage, 1960
    Peter Yates, 'Two Albums by John Cage - Part 2,' Arts and Architecture (1960)
    29. John Cage to Peter Yates, 1960
    30. Peter Yates to John Cage, 1960
    31. John Cage to Peter Yates, 1960
    32. Peter Yates to John Cage, 1960
    33. Peter Yates to John Cage, 1960
    34. John Cage to Peter Yates, 1960
    35. Peter Yates to John Cage, 1960
    36. John Cage to Peter Yates, 1960
    37. John Cage to Peter Yates, 1960
    38. Peter Yates to John Cage, 1960
    39. John Cage to Peter Yates, 1960
    Peter Yates, 'Monday Mad on Tuesday,' Arts and Architecture (1960)
    Peter Yates, 'Music,' Arts and Architecture (1960)
    40. John Cage to Peter Yates, 1961
    41. Peter Yates to John Cage, 1961
    Peter Yates, 'American Experimental Tradition,' unpublished manuscript [ca. 1961]
    42. John Cage to Peter Yates, 1961
    43. John Cage to Peter Yates, 1961
    44. John Cage to Peter Yates, undated [1961]
    45. John Cage to Peter Yates, 1961
    46. John Cage to Peter Yates, 1961
    47. Peter Yates to John Cage, 1961
    48. John Cage to Peter Yates, 1961
    49. Peter Yates to John Cage, 1961
    Peter Yates and John Whitney, 'Notes for Music,' unpublished manuscript [1961]
    Peter Yates, 'Sound,' manuscript [1961]
    50. John Cage to Peter Yates, 1961
    51. Peter Yates to John Cage, 1961
    52. Peter Yates to John Cage, 1961
    Peter Yates, 'A Lost Center,' manuscript [1961]
    53. John Cage to Peter Yates, 1961
    54. John Cage to Peter Yates, 1961
    Peter Yates, 'A General Report,' Arts and Architecture (1962)
    55. John Cage to Peter Yates, 1962
    56. John Cage to Peter Yates, 1962
    Peter Yates, 'Silence by John Cage,' Arts and Architecture (1962)
    Peter Yates, review of John Cage, Silence, Notes: the Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association (1962)
    Peter Yates, 'More Than Time,' Arts and Architecture (1962)
    Peter Yates, 'John Cage's Weekend in Los Angeles,' Arts and Architecture (1962)
    57. John Cage to Frances and Peter Yates, 1962
    Peter Yates, 'The American Artist,' manuscript written for the

  • Author

    Martin Iddon, University of Leeds
    Martin Iddon is Professor of Music and Aesthetics at the University of Leeds. His musicological research largely focusses on post-war music in Germany and the United States of America and his books New Music at Darmstadt (Cambridge, 2013) and John Cage and David Tudor (Cambridge, 2013).

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