John Cage

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  • John Cage Musical Style

    John Cage was an incredibly impactful and controversial American composer of the 20th century. He was the forerunner for the avant-garde, significantly developing nonstandard styles of music such as electroacoustic music and aleatoric music (chance-controlled). His musical developments were largely influenced by Indian philosophies like Buddhism, and his internal anarchy was influenced by Henry David Thoreau. This and his works with modern dance, helped to distinguish him as a very pivotal composer of the 20th century. John Cage’s music was largely centered on his musical concepts of chance, in which the parameters of his music were determined by a randomizer called the I-Ching. Pieces such as “Freeman Etudes” or works from Music for Piano,…

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  • American Composers: John Cage's Music Of Change

    John Cage was an American composer that experimented with the very nature of sound and developed new ways of notating music. Cage’s ideas on composition influenced many artists such as painters, musicians, and chorographers. Cage questioned the musical preconceptions that was left from the 19th century. Arnold Schoenberg, a teacher of John Cage, called Cage “not a composer, but an inventor of genius” (Hicks, 1990). Many musicians, and to much of the public, thought Cage’s compositions…

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  • John Cage's Number 33 Analysis

    When watching the video of John Cage's 4 "33", I was first confused on what William Marx was doing. I watched the video several times, to gain my focus on what he was doing. Finally, I understood why he was just sitting there and not playing the piano. Truthfully others probably have thought the same thing that I did when I watched the composition. William Marx sat down and opened the top cover of piano and set a timer, he never struck a key on the keyboard through three different movements.…

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  • Merce Music: John Cage

    Throughout the 20th century, John Cage was often considered by many to be the central voice of avant-garde music. Uniting composition with philosophy, he recreated the surface of modern music. For Cage, the 1950s brought him a sequence of critical events that both developed him as a composer and brought him much fame, or notoriety to some. He had a strong interest in Eastern Zen philosophy, a subject that is reinforced and incorporated in all of his musical works, which grew throughout the…

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  • John Cage: Inner Listening

    genres. John Cage, the composer that wrote 4’33”, believed that all sound is music which does not necessarily have to have meaning, according to Cage in From Zero: The Documentary. A technique in music called “inner listening” refers so how one would listen with their inner being instead of just taking the sounds at face value, which is “outer listening”. One of Cage’s philosophies…

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  • Nadia Khriste Song Analysis

    For My Choice, I was debating between a few different songs and artists. For the assignment, I have chosen the songs Heroes Tonight and Aurora both that are by Janji and Something just like this by Nadia Khristean. Other songs I had considered were Waving through a Window by Ben Platt, or Walk on Water by Thirty Seconds to Mars. Walk on water is more directed towards the population as a whole and how we want to accomplish things that seem impossible but not for the sake of love. Waving through a…

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  • John Cages 10 Rules

    “10 Rules for Teachers and Students” by John Cage and Corita Kent lay out a baseline for necessities a designer, or people of any profession, must possess to be successful. There are three of these rules that are very important to me as a designer. These three rules deal with self-discipline, hard work, and happiness. These three helpful rules are implemented in my life every day, as a design student, as an older sibling, and as a practitioner of the Catholic faith. However, there is one rule…

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  • The Canon John Cage Analysis

    Cage proposed a complete opposition to the belief of the canon. He believed “we [should] stop listening to masterpieces and start listening to sounds, the music all around us, with new and open ears” (Burkholder, 131). His ideals focused on the understanding that all things in life are made of music. Cage argued that the structured design of the canon restricts the audience’s own belief of enjoyable music. As a result, the Cage’s perception of the musical museum becomes inconceivable with…

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  • Personal Essay: The Responsibility Of My Dog

    On a young day, I learned responsibility in the most amazing way possible. The start of the day became a wonder, as I saw something different while eating breakfast. I went to ask my mom some questions. She vaguely answered them, and the day went on normal as any other summer day. When my dad got home, he was carrying a tiny cage. After this the family gathered around him to see what he had brought. Following this he opened the cage for a small dog to greet my family. Then my father pulled me to…

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  • The Glass Box Monologue

    rescue REON to no avail. This is when the audience and THE CHARACTER realize that they cannot make contact with anyone in the memories. As THE CHARACTER is freed from the memory, after a particularly cruel beating from NOVEMBER, THE CHARACTER takes a moment to think about what actually just happened. The DANCERS (which were previously hinted to the audience as THE CHARACTER 's emotions), begin to grow hectic and THE CHARACTER 's very own mind is thrown into another chapter. This is the story of…

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