John Cage

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John Milton Cage Jr was born on September 5, 1912 to John Milton Cage and Lucretia ("Crete") Harvey in Las Angeles, California. Neither of John’s parents went to college (Inamori Foundation , 1990). However, his father was an inventor and his mother was the founder of the Lincoln Study Club and later became the editor of the Woman’s Club for the Los Angeles Times. John describes his mom as a “sense of society.” John went to Pamona College for two years when he realized that college was not for him. After he dropped out he decided that he would travel the world (PBS, 2001). He traveled to Europe for a year and a half and worked with Jose Pijoan for a little while. There he became interested in music and painting. He left Paris, moved to …show more content…

However, John signed another concert with the Museum of Modern Art and when Peggy learned about it she was very upset and stopped helping him. After that they were forced to move in with Jean Erdman, a dancer until the summer of 1942 (Kozinn, 2009). John began to use his prepared piano again, he made several performance pieces for different choreographers which one was Meerce Cunningham. “The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs” became very famous for the voice and the closed piano and also because it was performed by a very famous couple, Luciano Berio and Cathy Berberian. Although, that piece was famous it wasn’t enough to get him out of their tight spot in life and decided to teach Gita Sarabhai, an Indian musician (Kozinn, 2009). Their agreement was that John would teach her and she would teach him Indian music and philosophy. In the early 1950’s John went to many lectures on Zen Buddhist and Ananda Coomataswamy and also the Indian and Buddhist philosophies (Kozinn, 2009). John Cage’s style of music that he composed was very unique his listeners needed to know the mechanics of the music as well as his musical style (Bloopy, 2011). Throughout the years his style changed a lot but his imagination was always unique and a lovely wisdom of harmonious style. His music has been classified by many as experimental music and/or aleatory music. His audience includes people of all types, people who love new and exciting music, which


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