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John Cage and The Music of Chance
This paper looks at the musical works of John Cage and related influences.
# 136650 | 3,000 words | 10 sources | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2007 in Music Studies (History) , Music Studies (Composers)

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The music, aesthetic and composition methods of American composer John Cage are discussed in terms of his aesthetic and influences on his work. In more detail are described his relevant works music of Changes, Variations II, Imaginary Landscape No. 4 and 4' 33". Influences from Eastern philosophies, I Ching, Eckhart, Duchamp and Feldman are also reviewed.

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"John M. Cage (1912-1992) was a central figure of not only the American but the world musical stage as well. His musical ideas challenged the very essence of music, musical theory and aesthetics that were widely accepted in the middle 20th century. By doing this Cage in parallel become if not the single most than certainly one of the most controversial composers in musical history. His name and work are connected to the improvement of `prepared piano' (the concept was originally developed by Henry Cowell, one of Cage's early instructors), and the problems of noise and silence in music. However, arguably his most important contribution to music is ..."

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