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John Cage (I) (1912–1992)

Innovative Composer and pianist, educated at Pomona College, he studied music with Fannie Dillon, Ruhan Buhlig, Lazare Levy, Henry Cowell, Adolph Weiss, Arnold Schönberg, and Edgard Varèse. He invented the concept of the "prepared" piano, and gave recitals in Europe and the United States. He joined ASCAP in 1955. See full bio »

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 2014 Before the Last Drop (Documentary)
 2013 Surrounded (Documentary short)
 2012 John Cage's Musicircus (Documentary short)
 2010 Novembre (Documentary)
 2002 Um Filme Sem História (Short)
 1993 The Revenge of the Dead Indians (Documentary)
 1971 End of the Art World (Documentary short)
 1950 Works of Calder (Documentary)
 1948 Horror Dream (Short)
 1947 Dreams That Money Can Buy (segment "Discs")
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Works: "Amores for Prepared Piano and Percussion", "The Seasons" (ballet), "Aria with Fontana Mix", "Cartridge Music", "Silence", "Indeterminancy", "Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano", "Fontana Mix for Magnetic Tape", and "Double Music for Percussion". See more »

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5 Biographical Movies | 2 Articles | See more »

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Personal Quote:

I do the cooking, and Merce does the dishes. [in 1989, when asked publicly for the first time about the "nature of his relationship" with choreographer Merce Cunningham, who was also his frequent professional collaborator.


Inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 1982. See more »

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