What did John Cage?

What did John Cage?

John Milton Cage Jr. (September 5, 1912–August 12, 1992) was an American composer, music theorist, writer, and artist. He was also instrumental in the development of modern dance, mostly through his association with choreographer Merce Cunningham, who was also Cage’s romantic partner for most of their lives.

How does John Cage define music?

Music is a succession of sounds and the composer the “organizer of sounds.” Historically, music has been a communication of feelings, but Cage argues that all sounds have this potential for conveying feeling in the mechanical and electronic sense.

What method did John Cage use in composing music for changes?

He recalled the strummed piano techniques used by Henry Cowell and developed his own method of non-traditional piano performance. Instead of strumming the strings inside the piano, Cage placed various objects between the strings, such as bolts, screws, and weather-stripping.

What is the meaning of prepared piano style?

A prepared piano is a piano that has had its sounds temporarily altered by placing bolts, screws, mutes, rubber erasers, and/or other objects on or between the strings. When a properly prepared piano has been “unprepared”, it should be impossible for anyone to tell that it had ever been prepared.

What is chance or aleatory music?

Aleatoric music (also aleatory music or chance music; from the Latin word alea, meaning “dice”) is music in which some element of the composition is left to chance, and/or some primary element of a composed work’s realization is left to the determination of its performer(s).

When did John Cage die?


What are the other two compositions of John Cage?

  • Constructions (1939–1942)
  • Imaginary Landscapes. No. No. No. No. No. 5 (1939–1952)
  • Music for an Aquatic Ballet (1938)
  • Living Room Music (1940)
  • Sonatas and Interludes (1946–48)
  • String Quartet in Four Parts (1950)
  • Music of Changes (1951)
  • 4′33″ (1952)

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