The Roaring Silence: John Cage: A Life

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Skyhorse Publishing, Inc., 03.06.2014 - 384 Seiten
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John Cage has been described as the most important composer of our time. He combined classical European training with Eastern spirituality to produce an American amalgam of such vitality and originality that it continues to define what we mean by avant-garde. His influence has touched generations of artists, including Philip Glass, David Byrne, and his longtime collaborator Merce Cunningham. His work and ideas have influenced not only the world of music but also dance, painting, printmaking, video art, and poetry.

The Roaring Silence documents his life in unrivaled detail, interweaving a close account of the evolution of his work with an exploration of his aesthetic and philosophical ideas, while placing these in the greater perspective of American life and letters. Paying due attention to Cage’s inventions, such as the prepared piano, and his pioneering use of indeterminate notation and chance operations in composition (utilizing the I Ching), David Revill also illuminates Cage the performer, printmaker, watercolorist, expert amateur mycologist, game show celebrity, political anarchist, and social activist.

Arnold Schoenberg once called Cage “not a composer, but an inventor—of genius.” This revised edition presents never-before-seen correspondence between Cage and other luminaries of his day, as well as new analysis into his legacy. The Roaring Silence celebrates the life and work of this true American original.
 

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On August 29th, 1952, a new piece by composer John Cage was premiered at a benefit concert. The pianist sat down, set a stopwatch, and for three movements totaling 4 minutes and 33 seconds played ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

THE ROARING SILENCE: John Cage: A Life

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Published to coincide with the 80th birthday of the controversial avant-garde composer, Revill's lengthy biography of John Cage may prove as puzzling to readers as the composer's musical experiments ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

Preface
Acknowledgments
THREE 19241930
SEVEN 19401943
NINE 19481950
TEN Zen
TWELVE 19521956
THIRTEEN 19571966
FOURTEEN 19671977
FIFTEEN 19771991
Chronology of Musical Works
Selective Chronology of Visual Works
Bibliography
Index

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David Revill is an English composer and writer whose music is presented worldwide (but particularly in Austria, Germany, and the United States). Besides The Roaring Silence, his involvement with Cage’s work encompasses broadcasts, publications, and performances (including the world premiere of Muoyce 2 and One4 in Britain). He lives in Baltimore.

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