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The Cambridge companion to John Cage

Author: David Nicholls
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
Series: Cambridge companions to music.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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John Cage (1912-1992) was without doubt one of the most important and influential figures in twentieth-century music. Pupil of Schoenberg, Henry Cowell, Marcel Duchamp, and Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki, among others, he spent much of his career in pursuit of an unusual goal: 'giving up control so that sounds can be sounds', as he put it. This book celebrates the richness and diversity of Cage's achievements - the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: John Cage; John Cage; John Cage; John Cage; John Cage; John Cage
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Nicholls
ISBN: 0521783488 9780521783484 0521789680 9780521789684
OCLC Number: 48056265
Description: xiii, 287 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Contents: Cage and America / David Nicholls --
Cage and Europe / Christopher Shultis --
Cage and Asia : history and sources / David W. Patterson --
Music I : to the late 1940s / David W. Bernstein --
Words and writings / David W. Patterson --
Towards infinity, Cage in the 1950s and 1960s / David Nicholls --
Visual art / Kathan Brown --
Music II : from the late 1960s / William Brooks --
Cage's collaborations / Leta E. Miller --
Cage and Tudor / John Holzaepfel --
Cage and high modernism / David W. Bernstein --
Music and society / William Brooks --
Cage and postmodernism / Alastair Williams --
No escape from heaven : John Cage as father figure / Kyle Gann.
Series Title: Cambridge companions to music.
Responsibility: edited by David Nicholls.
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John Cage (1912-1992) was without doubt one of the most important and influential figures in twentieth-century music. Pupil of Schoenberg, Henry Cowell, Marcel Duchamp, and Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki, among others, he spent much of his career in pursuit of an unusual goal: 'giving up control so that sounds can be sounds', as he put it. This book celebrates the richness and diversity of Cage's achievements - the development of the prepared piano and of the percussion orchestra, the adoption of chance and of indeterminacy, the employment of electronic resources and of graphic notation, and the questioning of the most fundamental tenets of Western art music. Besides composing around 300 works, he was also a prolific performer, writer, poet, and visual artist. Written by a team of experts, this Companion discusses Cage's background, his work, and its performance and reception, providing in sum a fully rounded portrait of a fascinating figure.

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