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John Cage

The influence of American composer John Cage cannot be understated. Cage, like his contemporaries, was interested in atonality, but took thisto a new extreme by introducing the element of random chance. He frequently collaborated with choreographer Merce Cunningham who set hismusic to dances which did not follow the music, further emphasizing the discontinuity and mechanization of modern life. He also pioneered non-standard use of instruments, notably with the invention of the prepared piano.

But his most notorious and groundbreaking work was the composition 4'33", in which m ...read more

The influence of American composer John Cage cannot be understated. Cage, like his contemporaries, was interested in atonality, but took thisto a new extreme by introducing the element of random chance. He frequently collaborated with choreographer Merce Cunningham who set hismusic to dances which did not follow the music, further emphasizing the discontinuity and mechanization of modern life. He also pioneered non-standard use of instruments, notably with the invention of the prepared piano.

But his most notorious and groundbreaking work was the composition 4'33", in which musicians play no notes. Its statement is that music canbe heard all around us, in the sounds of the city, washing machines or even the sound of silence itself. It influenced countless experimentalcomposers and sound artists and paved the road for musique concrète, minimalism and lowercase music. This was also his ultimate statementin indeterminacy music, in which no sounds at all were predetermined and chance was dictated entirely by the environment rather than anyparameters or suggestions set by the composer. Cage's ideas also influenced many visual artists of the Beat generation and beyond, such asRobert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns and the Fluxus movement, who reacted against the prevailing abstract expressionism of the time with theidea that our ordinary everyday lives are full of artistic possibilities and may even themselves be interpreted as art. « hide

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LPs
Freeman Etudes
2011

4.1
5 Votes
Music for Four
1988

3.8
6 Votes
Two
1987

4.5
1 Votes
Music for ________
1987

4.5
1 Votes
Ryoanji
1984

4
1 Votes
Thirty Pieces for String Quartet
1983

4.3
8 Votes
Cheap Imitation
1969

4
1 Votes
Music for Amplified Toy Pianos
1960

4.5
1 Votes
Fontana Mix
1958

3.8
2 Votes
Concerto For Prepared Piano & Orchestra
1952

3.5
1 Votes
4'33''
1952

2.8
80 Votes
Music of Changes
1951

2.7
10 Votes
String Quartet in Four Parts
1950

4.5
1 Votes
In a Landscape
1948

4.4
5 Votes
Experiences No. 2
1948

4
1 Votes
Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano
1948

3.8
23 Votes
Suite for Toy Piano
1948

3.5
2 Votes
Experiences No. 1
1945

3.5
1 Votes
A Book of Music
1944

4.5
1 Votes
Forever and Sunsmell
1942

4
1 Votes
The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs
1942

3.5
1 Votes
Three Pieces for Flute Duet
1935

3.5
1 Votes
Compilations
Complete Piano Music, Vol.1: "The Prepared Piano"
1997

4.5
2 Votes
Works For Cello
1991

2.5
1 Votes
Early Electronic & Tape Music
1960

4.5
6 Votes

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