Cage, John. (1912–1992)

"Variations I" - Graphic Autograph Musical Quotation

Autograph musical quotation signed, ca. 1986, from the influential American composer's Variations I, taking the form of five overlapping straight lines and two dots. Cage has identified the piece and signed at the foot. Penned in blue ballpoint on an index card, 5 x 3 inches (12.7 x 7.6 cm). Identified in pencil on the verso in another hand and dated ca. 1986.

The composer described his Variations as "a highly indeterminate piece" where "the straight lines are the various parameters of sound and the points are sounds." (16810)

Classical Music