Buy begin again: a biography of john cage reprint by kenneth silverman ( isbn: 9780810128309) from amazon's book store everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. An introduction to the extraordinary life of john cage, composer, writer, and artist. Product display page for john cage by rob haskins in his new biography rob haskins considers john cage's life, art, ideas and work, evaluating the twin pillars of cage's creative output and the ideas that lie behind it '[an] excellent introductory volume for the reaktion critical lives series' – tls. John cage hardly needs an introduction the entire cage at 70 was filmed by peter greenaway (transatlantic films) for a forthcoming documentary on cage john cage: well, i have a friend named doris dennison, who is seventy-four and whose ninety-six-year-old mother lives alone in oregon and is still taking care. Life[edit. Artist and musician biographies john cage here is sonata v (from sonatas and interludes) - inara ferreira, for prepared piano, by john cage it was at the cornish school that he first met dancer and choreographer merce cunningham, who became his life long partner they began artistic collaborations that would. The first biography of composer john cage to show how his work, and that of countless american artists, was transformed by zen buddhism i'm down with buddhism and enjoyed learning more about dt suzuki's introduction of buddhism to america and thoroughly enjoyed reading about the art scene in new york at the. John cage (1912-1992) studied composition with arnold schoenberg, who charged no fee on condition that cage would devote his life to music cage literally worshipped schoenberg, and had more in common with him than might appear, but was drawn to a very different kind of music for cage's kind of music,.
The selected letters of john cage appeared just months after the first complete edition of cage's diary: how to improve the world (you'll only make matters worse), and cage's kuhn claims in her introduction to the letters that taken together the two volumes provide something like an autobiography. An introduction with a previously unpublished interview from 1976 the zen belief in the interrelatedness of all things is a key inspiration behind john cage's desire to integrate art and life for cage, chance music creates an increased involvement in life for the composer and the listener and allows life to reveal itself. “the selected letters of john cage, a wide-ranging selection of correspondence edited by laura kuhn, may stand both as cage's best biography to date and an unfailingly engaging introduction to his thinking it demystifies cage the far- removed guru and restores to us an eternally curious human being. Watch and hear a handful of clips that form an introduction to the master provocateur's work in a 1988 interview with composer william duckworth, cage said that 4'33 was a piece he used constantly in my life experience no day goes by without my making use of that piece in my life and in my work.
A brief but excellent discussion of cage's position in 20th-century music is in eric salzman, twentieth century music: an introduction (1967) john cage, a bibliography of his works compiled by robert dunn (1962), contains a brief biography, excerpts from reviews, an interview, lists of available recordings, and details of. The selected letters of john cage, a wide-ranging selection of correspondence edited by laura kuhn, may stand both as cage's best biography to date and an unfailingly engaging introduction to his thinking it demystifies cage the far- removed guru and restores to us an eternally curious human being. Carolyn brown (whose own book on cage and cunningham is passionately complex ) says cage was “the heart and soul of the cunningham dance company, making the experience of dancing with merce an ever-surprising, vital, life-changing voyage” the composer john luther adams writes, “cage's.
Conversing with cage draws on over 150 interviews with john cage conducted over four decades to draw a full picture of his life and art filled with the witty aphorisms that have made cage as famous as an esthetic philosopher as a composer, the book offers both an introduction to cage's way of thinking and a rich. It's another thing to understand them in the context of music history and in the context of the man's life and that's and through kostelanetz's introduction of the man and then a discussion of what he views as cage's most important works, we get to know cage as a person and how he thought about what he did in short , we.
One of the most celebrated and iconoclastic figures of the american musical avant-garde, john cage has been instrumental in reshaping postwar western music the creation of musical structures based on rhythm rather than tonality — were influential in altering traditional concepts of musical interpretation full biography.
If john cage composed music for exploded keyboards, silent stages, tape recordings, traffic, temple gongs, and toy pianos during his waking life, just imagine what the music of “the result is a mosaic of remarks, the juxtapositions of which are free of intention,” he writes in a short introduction to part viii. A man of extraordinary and seemingly limitless talents—musician, inventor, composer, poet, and even amateur mycologist—john cage became a central figure of the avant-garde early in his life and remained at that pinnacle until his death in 1992 at the age of eighty award-winning biographer kenneth silverman gives us.
Introduction 2 1 david revill, the roaring silence: john cage, a life ( new york: arcade, 1992) biographies by charles shere, mark swed, and franz van rossum are currently underway 2 deborah ann campana, “form and structure in the music of john cage” (phd diss northwestern university, 1985 ) james. I photographed the dance company from 1967 to 1972, and in 1975 i published the first book about cunningham's work all the photographs in john cage was come from those same five years john and merce were, of course, partners in life as in art, so john was always around and i got to know him well. The bbc artist page for john cage find the best clips, watch programmes, catch up on the news, and read the latest john cage interviews.