Music: Sonata for Bolt & Screw

"The first step in describing silence," says California-born Composer John Cage, "is to use silence itself. Matter of fact, I thought of composing a piece like that. It would be very beautiful, and I would offer it to Muzak . . ."

Muzak's piped-in music programs had no spot for a composition in dead silence. But last week, hardy Manhattan concertgoers made a spot for Composer Cage's rhythmic, percussive "sounds & silence" music. At Carnegie Recital Hall for two nights in a row, Pianist Maro Ajemian thudded, clanked, bonged and chimed through 16 sonatas...

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