Story

for open instrumentation
By John Cage
American

Story is the second movement of Living Room Music, a work for percussion and speech quartet. Through out the piece, no percussion instruments are specified; rather, Cage indicates that “any household objects or architectural elements may be used as instruments.” In Story, the players perform a rhythmic reading of a text from Gertrude Stein’s The World is Round: “Once upon a time the world was round and you could go on it around and around.” This is an informal music, a home entertainment, equally intended for performance by amateurs or so called ‘professional’ musicians.

Other works by John Cage:
“The future is what the present can bear.”
--Robert Fripp