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John Cage

John Cage needs no introduction. The man lived alone in his own wild frontier as one of the only American composers of the 20th century to do anything of any significance, which, in scale, automatically qualifies him as one of, if not the most prolific American composers ever. Cage, like his European contemporaries, was interested in Atonal and often dissonant harmonies, the element of random chance, and his most well known study, that of non-standard use of instruments.

The latter is best summed up in his magnificent but completely pointless exercise in 'smart-arsery', known ...read more

John Cage needs no introduction. The man lived alone in his own wild frontier as one of the only American composers of the 20th century to do anything of any significance, which, in scale, automatically qualifies him as one of, if not the most prolific American composers ever. Cage, like his European contemporaries, was interested in Atonal and often dissonant harmonies, the element of random chance, and his most well known study, that of non-standard use of instruments.

The latter is best summed up in his magnificent but completely pointless exercise in 'smart-arsery', known as 4'33. The piece with 4 minutes and 33 seconds of silence. Cage argued that music was all around us, in the sounds of the city, washing machines or even the sound of silence itself. It's a novel idea, and one that really enabled classical composers to rip up their Mozart manual and look at silence in a different way, treating it as a technique to be used to devastating effect, as opposed to something that happens when no noise is made. Sadly, Cage never really used it to great effect in his own work, but his legacy and ruledefying attitude are still popular today, with artists like Philip Glass. « hide

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LPs
Freeman Etudes
2011

4.2
3 Votes
Music for Four
1988

3.8
4 Votes
Music of Changes
1988

2.6
9 Votes
Thirty Pieces for String Quartet
1983

4.3
5 Votes
4'33"
1952

2.9
25 Votes
Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano
1951

3.9
18 Votes
Suite for Toy Piano
1948

2.5
1 Votes
Compilations
Complete Piano Music, Vol.1: "The Prepared Piano"
1997

4
1 Votes
Works For Cello
1991

2.5
1 Votes
Early Electronic & Tape Music
1960

4
1 Votes

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