Cambridge Companion to John Cage

ISBN-10: 0521789680

ISBN-13: 9780521789684

Edition: 2002

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John Cage (1912-1992) was without doubt one of the most important and influential figures in twentieth-century music. Pupil of Schoenberg, Henry Cowell, Marcel Duchamp, and Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki, among others, he spent much of his career in pursuit of an unusual goal: 'giving up control so that sounds can be sounds', as he put it. This book celebrates the richness and diversity of Cage's achievements - the development of the prepared piano and of the percussion orchestra, the adoption of chance and of indeterminacy, the employment of electronic resources and of graphic notation, and the questioning of the most fundamental tenets of Western art music. Besides composing around 300 works, he was also a prolific performer, writer, poet, and visual artist. Written by a team of experts, this Companion discusses Cage's background, his work, and its performance and reception, providing in sum a fully rounded portrait of a fascinating figure.
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Book details

List price: $45.99
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.73" wide x 9.74" long x 0.60" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

David Nicholls was born in 1966 in Eastleigh, Hampshire. Nicholls studied English Literature and Drama at the University of Bristol. When he graduated he won a scholarship to study at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. David appeared in plays at the Battersea Arts Centre, the Finborough, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Birmingham Rep, and had a three year stint at the Royal National Theatre, understudying and playing small parts. During this period David took a job at BBC Radio Drama as a script reader/researcher and he developed an adaptation of Sam Shepard's stage-play Simpatico with the director Matthew Warchus. He also wrote his first original script, Waiting, which was later optioned by the BBC. Simpatico was turned into a feature film in 1999 which allowed David to start writing full-time. I Saw You won best single play at the annual BANFF television festival. He has been twice nominated for BAFTA awards. David's first novel, Starter for 10 (Hodder, July 2004) was featured on the first Richard and Judy Book Club. He has also written The Understudy (Hodder, March 2005) and One Day (Hodder, June 2009). David lives in North London with his partner Hannah and two children.

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Preface
Acknowledgements
Chronology
Aesthetic Contexts
Cage and America
Cage and Europe
Cage and Asia: history and sources
Sounds, Words, Images
Music I: to the late 1940s
Words and writings
Towards infinity: Cage in the 1950s and 1960s
Visual art
Music II: from the late 1960s
Interaction and Influence
Cage's collaborations
Cage and Tudor
Cage and high modernism
Music and society
Cage and postmodernism
No escape from heaven: John Cage as father figure
Endnotes
Bibliography
Index
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