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John Cage (Critical Lives)

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American writer, composer, artist, and philosopher John Cage (1912–92) is best known for his experimental composition 4’33,” a musical score in which the performer does not play an instrument during the duration of the piece. The purpose, Cage said, was for the audience to listen to the sounds of the environment around them while the piece was performed. Groundbreaking pieces such as 4’33”, as well as Sonatas and Interludes not only established Cage as a leading figure in the postwar avant-garde movement, but also cemented the enduring controversy surrounding his work.
In this new biography, Rob Haskins explores Cage’s radical approach to art and aesthetics and his belief that everyday life and art are one and the same. Scrutinizing Cage’s emphasis on chance over intention, which rejected traditional artistic methods and caused an uproar among his peers, Haskins elucidates the ideas that lay behind these pillars of Cage’s work. Haskins also demystifies the influence of Eastern cultures, particularly Zen Buddhism, on Cage, including his use of the Chinese text I Ching as his standard composition tool in all his work after 1951. Adding to our understanding of the art, music, and ideas of the twentieth century, this book provides an engaging look at a man who continues to challenge and inspire artists worldwide.

About the Author

Rob Haskins is assistant professor and graduate program coordinator in the Department of Music and the University of New Hampshire, Durham. He is the author of Anarchic Societies of Sounds: The Number Pieces of John Cage.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Becoming

2. Audacity

3. Non-attachment

4. Eminence

5. Doyen

6. Parting

Epilogue

References

Bibliography

Select Discography

Acknowledgements

Photo Acknowledgements

Product Details

ISBN:
9781861899057
Author:
Haskins, Rob
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Subject:
Composers & Musicians
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Reaktion Books - Critical Lives
Publication Date:
20120631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
30 halftones
Pages:
180
Dimensions:
7.88 x 5 in

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