Sketches for Atlas eclipticalis

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Sketches for Atlas eclipticalis
Additional title: Atlas eclipticalis (Sketches)
Cage, John (Composer)

John Cage Music Manuscript Collection

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1961
Library locations
Music Division
Shelf locator: JPB 94-24 Folder 965 Originals
Cage, John -- Manuscripts
Musical sketches
Aleatory music
Orchestral music
Manuscripts, Musical
John Cage Music Manuscript Collection.
Content: Irregular pagination: Contains grouping of instruments ([4] p.), star chart tracings (p. 1-4, 262-264, 285-288, 293-296), and superimposition of music staves on star tracings (p. 75-76). At top of p. 293: timpani 3.
Statement of responsibility: John Cage.
Physical Description
Extent: [21] leaves ; 28 x 44 cm.
Graphic notation.
Holograph in ink with emendations in black and blue pencil.
Signed in pencil at bottom of p. 76.
The composition means involved chance operations together with the placing of transparent templates on the pages of an astronomical atlas and inscribing the positions of stars. (Cf. Notes on compositions II, in John Cage: Writer / Kostelanetz.)
Type of Resource
Notated music
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12590859
NYPL Exhibition ID: TL 17.01.5023
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 7147a250-29af-0133-cf99-60f81dd2b63c
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1961: Created
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2017: Found by you!
  • 2018

MLA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Sketches for Atlas eclipticalis" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1961.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Sketches for Atlas eclipticalis" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed March 28, 2017.

APA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. (1961). Sketches for Atlas eclipticalis Retrieved from

Wikipedia Citation

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Sketches for Atlas eclipticalis