Piano Piece for David Tudor #1 (1960 / 1989/1990) – La Monte Young

La Monte Young

In this highly theatrical text composition, the performer – in this case, celebrated experimental pianist David Tudor – is asked to “[b]ring a bale of hay and a bucket of water onto the stage for the piano to eat and drink. The performer may then feed the piano or leave it to eat by itself. If the former, the piece is over after the piano has been fed. If the latter, it is over after the piano eats or decides not to.” Depending on the choices of the performer, a performance of the piece can move from something comedic into something highly conceptual, with the audience waiting for a sign from the piano that it is finished eating.
(John Kannenberg)


Photo: © ZKM | Karlsruhe, Steffen Harms