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John Cage and the Twenty-six Pianos of Mills College. Forces in American Music from 1940 to 1990. Nathan Rubin. 1994. Copyright 1994 by Sarah's Books, 101 Devin Drive, Moraga, California 94556. typed by Barb. Oct. 1995 271w

Robert Moran: His first "city" piece, performed in San Francisco on August 20, 1969, was "39 Minutes for 39 Autos", written for 39 amplified auto horns, 78 auto headlights, 30 skyscrapers, two radio stations, one television station, a Moog synthesizer, an unspecified number of dancers, theatrical groups, searchlights, airplanes, and, according to "Baker's Biographical Dictionary, 100,000 people (leaving 615,674 others to tend to business.) The "stage" was the summit of Twin Peaks from which Moran, gazing down at the city, cued the auto horns and headlights and Margaret Fabrizio and her assistants performed an electronic score. While the net musical result was being broadcast by the television and radio stations, buildings throughout the city--the City Hall, the War Memorial Opera House, the Union Oil Tower, and the Coit Tower among them--became facades on which light shows were performed.

....."divertissement No. 1" (1967) for harpsichord and electric frying pan: the players wore oversized sunglasses with musical staves painted on them, which permitted the popping corn to be viewed as musical passing tones. ("Divertissement No. 1", subtitled "an edible encore" and scored "for everybody", was played at a concert called "Oldies But Goodies" at the San Francisco Chamber Music Society on November 15, 1976. The "Examiner's" Arthur Bloomfield called it "the greatest pops piece number ever dished up."

The program, selected and conducted by Robert Hughes, was billed as a selective retrospective of hit tunes by Bay Area avant-garde composers


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