John Cage – Piano Music Arranged For Guitar

from Aaron Larget-Caplan

Sheet Music

"I would strongly advocate these [Cage ] compositions to be performed by young guitarists before they start working on any other contemporary composers."
~ Soundboard, Guitar Foundation of America, U. Dojcinović

Aaron's acclaimed arrangements of the music of John Cage. Limited edition and autographed

Piano Music Arranged for Guitar features five early and mid-career compositions by John Cage, dating from 1933 through 1948, all arranged for solo guitar by Aaron Larget-Caplan. The compositions required little adjustment from the originals, mainly in the form of register modifications, and fit very well on the guitar. All phrase and dynamic markings follow the published originals. Very few left and right hand fingerings are included in the publication to allow the performers their own realizations. All of the works retain their original keys and are presented in chronological order:

Three Easy Pieces (Round, Duo, Infinite Cannon)
A Room
Chess Pieces
Dream
In A Landscape

Cage’s exploration of contrapuntal music and simple forms are found early on in works for two voices and the use of unusual phrases lengths. The later works explore modes, resonance, and begin to show influences of Far East aesthetics in their spaciousness and dealings with time.

The collection is only the second work in the Cage Oeuvre to be published featuring the guitar, the first being Larget-Caplan’s arrangement of ‘Six Melodies’ for violin & guitar issued in 2015.


A recording dedicated to works in this publication plus Six Melodies for violin & guitar and Bacchanale for prepared-guitar duo are featured on John. Cage. Guitar. issued by Stone Records (UK) in 2018.

"John. Cage. Guitar. is an excellent introduction to those who want to approach [Cage] for the first time. Highly recommended.” ~ NeuGuitars (Italy)

“The release of such works is very important for the development of the modern guitar
repertoire. The transcription of Larget-Caplan has ennobled our instrument.”
~ Six Strings of the World (Poland) on ‘Six Melodies’ by John Cage

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Aaron Larget-Caplan Boston, Massachusetts

Aaron Larget-Caplan – has premiered over 85 compositions, and directs and curates the New Lullaby Project and ¡Con Fuego!
His arrangements and recording of the music of JOHN CAGE are issued by Edition Peters and Stone Records are the first to be sanctioned by the estate.
He has 8 solo albums, and the first of his own compositions ‘honey cadence’ was released in April 2022.
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