The Music of John Cage
Although John Cage has been almost universally recognised as the leading figure of the post-war musical avant-garde, this is the first book to present a complete and coherent picture of Cage the composer. Providing a historical account of Cage's musical concerns and changing style, James Pritchett describes just what it was Cage did and why and how he did it. The book is centred around extensive descriptions of the most important works and compositional techniques, including in-depth explanations of the role of chance and indeterminacy in Cage's music. Dr Pritchett also considers the relationship of Cage's musical thought to his interests in such diverse subjects as Eastern philosophy and religion, Marshall McLuhan, and anarchism (among many others). This book thus makes the essential introduction to Cage's musical world.
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For more new sounds 19331948
The prepared piano
To sober and quiet the mind 19461951
Changes in style and aesthetic
From choice to chance
Throwing sound into silence 19511956
Music not composition 19621969
Process and action
Simultaneity abundance and anarchy
Joy and bewilderment 19691992
Work in other media
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