John Cage (I) (1912–1992)

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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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Known For

Shutter Island Soundtrack
Variations V Composer


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 2014 John Cage's Musicircus (Documentary short)
 2014 Before the Last Drop (Documentary)
 2013 Surrounded (Documentary short)
 2010 Novembre (Documentary)
 2002 Um Filme Sem História (Short)
 1995 John Cage: From Zero (Documentary)
 1993 The Revenge of the Dead Indians (Documentary)
 1991 Fluxconcert (segment "4'33")
 1990 Jasper Johns: Take an Object (Documentary short)
 1990 Ryoanji (Short)
 1987 Points in Space (Documentary short)
 1971 End of the Art World (Documentary short)
 1971 Inside Dope (Documentary short)
 1968 Assemblage (Documentary)
 1966 Variations V
 1958 Antic Meet (Documentary short)
 1950 Works of Calder (Documentary short)
 1948 Horror Dream (Short)
 1947 Dreams That Money Can Buy (segment "Discs")
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Show Show Soundtrack (9 credits)
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Show Show Self (40 credits)
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Other Works:

CD: "Variations IV (Live at the Fegen/Palmer Gallery in L.A., August 1965)" (ZZB) See more »

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5 Biographical Movies | 2 Articles | See more »

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Merce Cunningham  (his death) | 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.


Once performed one of his pieces on "I've Got a Secret," using among other items a grand piano, a duck call, a toaster, a transistor radio, and a bathtub. See more »

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