John Cage's Graphic Score
The innovative and influential American composer John Cage created a graphic score called “49 Waltzes for the Five Boroughs” as a tribute to the ever- changing city of New York. He superimposed 49 triangles on a map of New York City, using chance means to determine the locations of each angle. The listener or recorder was invited go to the apex of each angle and listen to or record the sounds of the city in that place. *Rolling Stone Magazine, 1977.
Mark Swed, music critic for the Wall Street Journal, and the official biographer of Cage wrote about the installation: “At the core of John Cage’s work is surprise, the surprise of finding unnoticed beauty in sounds, and sometimes sights, we might never have thought interesting or even desirable to investigate. For this reluctant New Yorker, “49 Waltzes For the Five Boroughs” … makes this city seem livable and restores wonder to it through the not easily achievable technique of simply let