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Sony announces the arrival of CD
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The CD is 30 years old today

Today’s a significant anniversary in the history of recorded music, writes Andrew Everard : the world's first CD players were announced in Japan on October 1st, 1982. And despite the rearguard action fought by some record companies – and some audiophile reviewers who went into full, barricade-manning denial at the time – it’s still with us as a highly successful medium for recorded music, the antecedent of modern DVDs and Blu-rays and the precursor of today’s digital download trend.

Adrian Boult's recording of Butterworth's Shropshire Lad Rhapsody
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George Butterworth

George Butterworth famously claimed ‘I’m not a musician, I’m a professional dancer,’ and commented that dancing gave him more artistic fulfilment than anything else. In 1911, Butterworth’s passion led him to become a co-founder of the English Folk Dance Society along with Cecil Sharp, who was 16 years his senior, and the sisters Helen and Maud Karpeles. The society’s purpose was to preserve and promote English folk dances in their original forms, and in 1912 and 1913 Butterworth devoted much of his time to collecting morris and sword dances with Sharp.

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Engaging with Cage

Were every celebrity residence in Manhattan marked with a blue plaque, the weight of extra metal would likely send skyscrapers crashing down through the East Coast seaboard, flattening the honeycomb of subway lines that sprawl underneath with the resonant impact of so many names, dates, achievements and moments in time that changed the world.

Herbert Henck plays John Cage's Early Piano Music
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John Cage (1912-92)

For those new to Cage's philosophies and music, here are nine points of departure... 1) Gramophone recommended recording:

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