The Influence of Charles Ives on the Solo Piano Music of John Cage

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California State University, Long Beach, 2008 - Composition (Music) - 44 pages
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According to Charles Ives, tonality and atonality were simply colors in the musical palette to be used as one saw fit. In comparison, the composer John Cage seems light-years away with his statement about his new silent aesthetic. John Cage is considered to be a genius or charlatan, depending upon one's perspective. These 2 composers have similar philosophies about the process of composing, the art of performance, and personal beliefs. In fact, examination of the influential piano works of both composers suggests that compositional techniques utilized by John Cage had their genesis in the pioneering work of Charles Ives. This document examines these composers' similar compositional techniques and their evolution through examination of the composers' use of rhythmic devices, expansion of the colors of the piano, and performance practices.

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