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Old 02-10-2011, 04:27 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Don't think of him as a composer, think of him as a philosopher. That's what I do.
That's one way to look at it.
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Old 02-13-2011, 04:45 PM   #12 (permalink)
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After checking out his string quartets, I've come to believe that denoting his role as a musician is unfair. Philosopher AND musician, maybe, but he can't simply be one. He's done respectable things in either field, beyond 4'33", mind you...
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Old 02-21-2011, 04:25 AM   #13 (permalink)
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He is possibly my favorite musician. I don't think I've ever admired a musician as much as I have with him, and while his philosophy on musical composition is a bit different than my own, I find his to be really interesting and unique. It obvious he draws a lot of this from Zen Buddhism which is great in my book.

I have a few random pieces by him not in any particular album, but I do have Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano (1946-48) which was released in 1965. If you want to get into any of his music, then I would strongly suggest you download this album. While it may not be his best work, it's definitely fun to listen to.


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After checking out his string quartets, I've come to believe that denoting his role as a musician is unfair. Philosopher AND musician, maybe, but he can't simply be one. He's done respectable things in either field, beyond 4'33", mind you...
He was a modern day Renaissance Man. He did a little bit of everything.
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Old 02-21-2011, 06:50 AM   #14 (permalink)
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i've only really (not) heard 4' 33"
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Old 05-02-2011, 01:00 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Cage has some very interesting compositions. Here are a few I'd like you to check out:





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Old 05-02-2011, 06:33 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Shouldn't this be in 'avant-garde'. There's nothing classical about John Cage.
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Yeah, that's a good point. I didn't even notice it. I'll move it.
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Old 05-02-2011, 07:04 AM   #18 (permalink)
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There's nothing classical about John Cage.
That could be argued against with some of his work.
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That could be argued against with some of his work.
Yes, but he dedicated his entire life to breaking free from classical traditions. I think simply for the fact he was trying to steer away from music being 'composed' makes him much more to Avant-garde than classical.
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I love this. I can't believe this is all done on piano! He's turned the piano into a multifunctional instrument.
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