What a Prepared Piano Looks Like

Ever seen inside a prepared piano? I hadn’t either. Here’s what it looks like when you’re doing the preparing:

Preparing a piano for a Cage piece

There’s a table in Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes that lists what strings you’re supposed to shove stuff in and how far from the bridge the stuff goes. Insert a screwdriver, twist to spread the strings, and in goes the plastic or rubber or screws or bolts. Of course, Cage’s measurements were all for one specific piano, so you end up adjusting after you insert them.

The piano after preparation

And there’s what it looks like afterward.

4 thoughts on “What a Prepared Piano Looks Like

  1. Who’s preparing the piano & where’s the piano located? I didn’t think y’all had one at your place. I know my parents have one (since Mom’s a pianist/organist).

  2. These are shots of my brother Andrew preparing the piano at Ouachita before he performed a Cage prepared piano piece last week.

  3. As a novice pianist (I only have 23 years experience with no collegiate level training) that just looks frightening!!

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