The American Avante-Garde in the 20th Century on LTM Recordings (the album cover features a Modernist-style photmontage against a ocre-brown background).

Various - The American Avant-Garde In The 20th Century


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Commencing with early pioneers Charles Ives and George Antheil (including the celebrated, Futuristic Ballet Mechanique of 1924), this chronological double disc collection also includes pieces by émigré arrivals in the New World such as Leo Ornstein, Dane Rudhyar and Edgard Varèse, as well homegrown composers including Henry Cowell, Carl Ruggles and Roger Sessions

The second half of this double disc set offers works by a number of even more modern modernists, notably Morton Feldman, Harry Partch and the immortal John Cage, whose groundbreaking Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano is presented in its entirety. 

With a generous playing time of 140 minutes, this fascinating double CD set comes with an illustrated booklet featuring detailed historical notes. 


  1. Charles Ives - Central Park in the Dark (1906) 
  2. Leo Ornstein - Suicide in an Airplane (1913) 
  3. Henry Cowell - Dynamic Motion (1916) 
  4. George Antheil - Sonata Sauvage (1922/23) 
  5. Carl Ruggles - Angels (1922) 
  6. George Antheil - Ballet Mécanique (1924) 
  7. Dane Rudhyar - Tetragram #8 (Primavera) (1928) 
  8. Dane Rudhyar - Tetragram #8 (Primavera) (1928) 
  9. Dane Rudhyar - Tetragram #8 (Primavera) (1928) 
  10. Dane Rudhyar - Tetragram #8 (Primavera) (1928) 
  11. Edgard Varèse - Ionization (1929-31) 
  12. Roger Sessions - From my Diary (Poco Adagio) (1940) 
  13. Morton Feldman - Piece for Four Pianos (1951) 
  14. John Cage Sonatas and Interludes (1946-48) 
    1. Sonatas I-IV 
    2. Interlude 1  
    3. Sonatas V-VIII  
    4. Interludes 2-3 
    5. Sonatas IX-XII 
    6. Interlude 4 
    7. Sonatas XIII-XVI 
  15. Harry Partch - Ulysses at the Edge (1955) 
  16. Brion Gysin - Recalling All Active Agents (1960) 

  • Double-CD housed in jewel case 
  • Includes 16-page booklet with archive images and detailed liner notes 





also available in the LTM Recordings avant-garde series: 
Musica Futurista: The Art Of Noises   CD 
Festival Dada Paris   CD 
A Young Person's Guide To The Avant-Garde   2CD 
The French Avant-Garde In The 20th Century   2CD 
Par Hasard: Chance Composition 1913-1951   CD 


see also: 
Steffen Schleiermacher & Josef Christof - John Cage: Piano Works   CD 
Edgard Varèse - The Complete Works Of Edgard Varèse, Vol.1   3CD 

Various - A Revolution In Sound: Pop Culture And The Classical Avant-Garde   4CD 
Ulrich Krieger - Wall Of Sound: Drones Patterns Noises   CD 
John Cage - Silence: Lectures And Writings   paperback 


browse collections: 
Classical & Composition collection 
Experimental & Avant-Garde collection 



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