Silence: Lectures and Writings

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Wesleyan University Press, Oct 20, 2010 - Music - 312 pages
John Cage is the outstanding composer of avant-garde music today. The Saturday Review said of him: “Cage possesses one of the rarest qualities of the true creator- that of an original mind- and whether that originality pleases, irritates, amuses or outrages is irrelevant.” “He refuses to sermonize or pontificate. What John Cage offers is more refreshing, more spirited, much more fun-a kind of carefree skinny-dipping in the infinite. It’s what’s happening now.” –The American Record Guide

“There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear. In fact, try as we may to make a silence, we cannot. Sounds occur whether intended or not; the psychological turning in direction of those not intended seems at first to be a giving up of everything that belongs to humanity. But one must see that humanity and nature, not separate, are in this world together, that nothing was lost when everything was given away.”
 

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Contents

The Future of Music Credo
3
Experimental Music
7
Experimental Music Doctrine
13
Composition as Process
18
Composition
57
Forerunners of Modern Music
62
History of Experimental Music in the United States
67
Erik Satie
76
Four Statements on the Dance
86
On Robert Rauschenberg Artist and His Work
98
Lecture on Nothing
109
Lecture on Something
128
45 for a Speaker
146
Where Are We Going? and What Are We Doing?
194
Indeterminacy
260
Music Lovers Field Companion
274

Edgard Vardse
83

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His teacher, Arnold Schoenberg, said JOHN CAGE was “not a composer but an inventor of genius.” Composer, author, and philosopher, John Cage was born in Los Angeles in 1912 and by the age of 37 had been recognized by the American Academy of Arts for having extended the boundaries of music.

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