John Cage Études australes


Études australes (almost four hours) is a tribute to the final Paris performance of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. A duo for two independent hands, it has them struggle with complex chords. Elements were set according to stars in the southern skies and the I Ching, then defined as a computer program. The pianist decides on speed and dynamics. Diabolical virtuosity is proof of and just reward for effort.