John Cage The silent composer

John Cage

1912-1992. American Composer, post-war avant-garde.

Teachers: Henry Cowell, Arnold Schoenberg,

John Cage was heavily influenced by Asian Culture, and birthed aeleatoric music and the prepared piano.

John Cage Sheet Music.

Listenings: Sonatas and Interludes, 4'33", Living Room Music, Cheap Imitation: I, Organ²/ASLSP, Water Walk.

Style: Aeleatoric, Avant-guard, Experimental, Concept Music.

Notable Works: 4'33", Water Walk, Organ²/ASLSP, Jazz Study, The Works for Percussion 2.

Historical Significance: The modern birth of aeleatoric music/chance music, the introduction of concept music (4'33", Organ²/ASLSP), and the movement to think outside of traditional musical forms.

Listening Example

Sonata II

Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano.

Water Walk - Score
Created By
Timothy O'Brien


Created with images by Pexels - "abstract art bird" • veritatem - "John Cage" • Steve Bowbrick - "From the score for John Cage's Winter Music" • benet2006 - "Prepared piano for John Cage's "Sonatas and Interludes""

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