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Living Room Music

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John Cage

John Cage

Subtitle: Percussion and Speech Quartet

General Info

Year: 1940 / 1976 / 200-?
Duration: c. 20:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.F. Peters
Cost: Score (print) - $22.95


1. To Being - 1:10
2. Story - 2:35
3. Melody - 2:20
4. End - 1:35


Full Score

"Any household objects or architectural elements may be used as instruments ..." The melody (if it is included in the suite) may be played on any suitable instrument: wind, string, or keyboard (prepared or not)."

Players speaking (optional)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The first and last movements of this piece are to be played on household objects, such as magazines, a table, books, or the floor, or using household architectural “objects,” such as window frames. The optional third movement is a melody performed by one player on "any suitable instrument". The text of the popular second movement, The World is Round, is by Gertrude Stein.

- Program Note from John Cage website

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Cage, J. [ca. 2012] Living Room Music : Percussion And Speech Quartet; [(with or without an instrumental solo with percussion trio)] [score]. Henmar Press: New York.
  • John Cage website Accessed 30 October 2020
  • Perusal score