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JOHN CAGE

A leading American avant-garde musician, John Cage won notoriety for his famous silent work, 4′33″, for any instrument or instruments. Equally controversial was 0′0″, ten years later, performed by the composer and consisting of the slicing of vegetables, which are then juiced in a blender and consumed by the performer. Cage has had a considerable influence on younger composers, with his use of chance and indeterminacy, electronic techniques and every possible experimental device, whether musical or dramatic. He combined his interest in music with considerable knowledge of mushrooms and a fondness for bridge and other card and board games.

Compositions

Cage’s compositions are not easily classified. His early use of percussion was a natural corollary of his work with dance groups. Devices used included the prepared piano, pioneered in his 1938 Bacchanale, and followed by a number of other compositions in which various objects are inserted into the piano to create different effects, largely percussive in quality. An interest in Zen and the I Ching resulted in Music of Changes, where chance dictated the choice of notes. Dramatic actions dominate Water Music, for a pianist, who must empty pots of water and perform other feats, while later music makes considerable use of tapes or calls for undetermined forces.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
GLASS Of Beauty and Light (US Version) Naxos 8.503202
PÄRT The Silence of Being Naxos 8.506015

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AMERICAN CLASSICS SAMPLER Naxos
8.559118
Instrumental
BERIO / XENAKIS / KAGEL / CAGE: Works for Solo Trombone BIS
BIS-CD-388
Instrumental
CAGE / KATZER / STRINDBERG / SANDSTROM: Music for Percussion BIS
BIS-CD-932
Chamber Music
CAGE, J.: Flute Works (Complete), Vol. 1 (Zenz) Naxos
8.559773
Instrumental, Chamber Music
CAGE, J.: Flute Works (Complete), Vol. 2 (Zenz) Naxos
8.559774
Instrumental, Chamber Music
CAGE, J.: Indeterminacy (narrated in German) (Krol, Kessel) Oehms Classics
OC855
Spoken Commentary
CAGE, J.: One13 (M. Bach) Other Minds
OM2010
Instrumental
CAGE, J.: Solo for Voice 58 (18 Microtonal Ragas) (Cuni) Other Minds
OM1010-2
Vocal
CAGE, J.: Sonata for 2 Voices / One4 / WOLFF, C.: Pulse / Trio I / WALTER, C.J.: Reigen (Trumpet and Percussion) (Friedrich, Schulkowsky) Capriccio
C67178
Chamber Music, Instrumental
CAGE, J.: Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano (B. Berman) Naxos
8.554345
Instrumental
CAGE, J.: Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano (B. Berman) Naxos
8.559042
Instrumental
CAGE, J.: Vocal Music (Aria) (Isherwood) BIS
BIS-2149
Vocal, Instrumental, Vocal
CAGE, J.: Works for 2 Keyboards, Vol. 1 (Pestova, Meyer) Naxos
8.559726
Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental
CAGE, J.: Works for 2 Keyboards, Vol. 2 (Pestova, Meyer) Naxos
8.559727
Chamber Music, Instrumental
CAGE, J.: Works for 2 Keyboards, Vol. 3 (Pestova, Meyer) Naxos
8.559728
Instrumental
CAGE, John: Journeys In Sound (Documentary, 2012) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) Accentus Music
ACC-10246
Classical Documentary
CAGE, John: Journeys In Sound (Documentary, 2012) (NTSC) Accentus Music
ACC-20246
Classical Documentary
CAGE: Music for Prepared Piano Naxos
8.554562
Instrumental
CAGE: Music for Prepared Piano Naxos
8.559070
Instrumental
Choral Music - COPLAND, A. / REICH, S. / CAGE, J. / FELDMAN, M. / BERNSTEIN, L. / BARBER, S. (America) (SWR Vocal Ensemble, Creed) SWR Classic
CD93.306
Chamber Music
CLOUDGATE DANCE THEATRE - CURSIVE II (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA0952D
Dance Documentary
Contemporary Music - AMIRKHANIAN, C. / COOLIDGE, C. / CAGE, J. / GIORNO, J. / GNAZZO, A. (10 + 2: 12 American Text Sound Pieces) Other Minds
OM1006-2
Instrumental
COPLAND / CARTER / CAGE: The Contemporary American ´C´ BIS
BIS-CD-52
Chamber Music
Discover Music of the Twentieth Century Naxos Educational
8.558168-69
Instrumental
Harpsichord Recital: Tiensuu, Jukka - COUPERIN, F. / SCARLATTI, D. / KOUNEVA, P. / TIENSUU, J. / SALMENHAARA, E. / CAGE (The Frivolous Harpsichord) Ondine
ODE891-2
Instrumental
JOLIVET: Suite en Concert pour flute et percussion / HARRISON: First Flute Concerto / CAGE: Amores BIS
BIS-CD-272
Chamber Music
KROUMATA PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE BIS
BIS-CD-232
Chamber Music
LEAVING HOME: Orchestral Music in the 20th Century (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102073
Classical Documentary
LEAVING HOME: Orchestral Music in the 20th Century, Vol. 5: The American Way (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102041
Classical Documentary
ORGAN MUSIC FROM THE USA BIS
BIS-CD-510
Instrumental
Percussion Music - ROLDAN, A. / HARRISON, L. / RUSSELL, W. / COWELL, H. / CAGE, J. (Concert Percussion for Orchestra) (1961) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81018
Chamber Music
Piano Recital: Kessel, Susanne - RACHMANINOV, S. / BACH, J.S. / MILHAUD, D. / KRENEK, E. / HUPFELD, H. (Californian Concert) Oehms Classics
OC534
Instrumental
Piano Recital: Schumacher, Kai - GERSHWIN, G. / CAGE, J. / CRUMB, G. / BELET, B. / STARK, B. (Insomnia) SWR Classic
CD93.334
Instrumental
PISTON, W.: Violin Sonatina / CAGE, J.: String Quartet in 4 Parts (Schneider, Kirkpatrick, New Music String Quartet) (1951) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81015
Chamber Music
RATTLE, Simon: Sir Simon Rattle Conducts and Explores Music of the 20th Century (3-Blu-ray Disc Box Set) Arthaus Musik
109222
Classical Documentary
RATTLE, Simon: Sir Simon Rattle Conducts and Explores Music of the 20th Century (5-DVD Box Set) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
109237
Classical Documentary
REVOLUTION DER KLANGE (DIE): Musik im 20. Jahrhundert (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102072
Classical Documentary
SONIC REBELLION - Alternative Classical Collection Naxos
8.570760
Instrumental
STORY OF AMERICAN CLASSICAL MUSIC (THE) Naxos Educational
8.558164-65
Instrumental
Violin Recital: Eichhorn, Friedemann - GERSHWIN, G. / KROLL, W. / FOSTER, S. / VIEUXTEMPS, H. / KORNGOLD, E.W. (Souvenir d'Amerique) Oehms Classics
OC861
Chamber Music
XENAKIS / CAGE / HEDSTROM / KLOS SORENSEN: Open Percussion BIS
BIS-CD-1219
Chamber Music, Vocal

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CAGE, J.: Indeterminacy (narrated in German) (Krol, Kessel) Oehms Classics
OC855
Spoken Commentary

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