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Anniversaries: John Cage Born 100 Years Ago: A 13-Album Introduction

4 September 2012 11:16 PM, PDT | | See recent CultureCatch news »

John Cage (September 5, 1912 - August 12, 1992) revolutionized music as much as anyone in the 20th century. His first important music was for percussion ensembles, utilizing both homemade and ethnic instruments as well as "found objects." He achieved a breakthrough when he moved this style of composition onto the piano by placing objects between the strings to alter the sound and achieve a more percussive effect. This "prepared piano" style caught the attention of avant-garde tastemakers, and he moved to New York, where his music shocked mainstream audiences and critics.

Cage's study of Buddhism led him to believe that meditative tranquility should be the goal of his music. Since he came to feel that music dictated by taste and subjectivity conflicted with tranquility, in 1951 he started creating pieces with chance operations, using the Chinese oracle I Ching (Book of Changes) and incorporating star maps, spots on paper sheets, etc. Sometimes the musicians decided some matters in performance, »

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