Silence: Lectures and Writings / Edition 1

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Overview

John Cage is the outstanding composer of avant-garde music today. The Saturday Review said of him: “Cage possesses one of the rarest qualities of the true creator- that of an original mind- and whether that originality pleases, irritates, amuses or outrages is irrelevant.” “He refuses to sermonize or pontificate. What John Cage offers is more refreshing, more spirited, much more fun-a kind of carefree skinny-dipping in the infinite. It’s what’s happening now.” –The American Record Guide

“There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear. In fact, try as we may to make a silence, we cannot. Sounds occur whether intended or not; the psychological turning in direction of those not intended seems at first to be a giving up of everything that belongs to humanity. But one must see that humanity and nature, not separate, are in this world together, that nothing was lost when everything was given away.”

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Editorial Reviews

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“As the unchallenged father figure of American experimental music, Mr. Cage wields an influence that extends far beyond sound alone….Indeed, the entire American avant-garde would be unthinkable without Mr. Cage’s music, writings, and genially patriarchical personality.”—John Rockwell, The New York Times

“Of all Cage’s books, it is perhaps the first, Silence, which has had the broadest impact. Even now, artists of all sorts continue to respond to its Zen principles, its chance procedures, and its revolutionary ideas about sound, silence, form, and time”—Dance Chronicle

“SILENCE starts with the finest dedications of modern times—‘To Whom It May Concern’—and past that you embark on one of the most entertaining and rewarding intellectual voyages that contemporary literature affords.”—Alfred Frankenstein, San Francisco Chronicle

“One of the most entertaining and rewarding intellectual voyages that contemporary literature affords.”—San Francisco Chronicle

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819560285
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1961
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 781,831
  • Product dimensions: 6.98 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

His teacher, Arnold Schoenberg, said JOHN CAGE was “not a composer but an inventor of genius.” Composer, author, and philosopher, John Cage was born in Los Angeles in 1912 and by the age of 37 had been recognized by the American Academy of Arts for having extended the boundaries of music.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Manifesto
The Future of Music: Credo
Experimental Music
Experimental Music: Doctrine
Composition as Process
Changes
Indeterminacy
Communication
Composition
To Describe the Composition Used in Music of Changes and Imaginary Landscape No. 4
To Describe the Process of Composition Used in Music for Piano 21-52
Forerunners of Modern Music
History of Experimental Music in the United States
Erik Satie
Edgard Varese
Four Statements on the Dance
Grace and Clarity
In This Day…
2 pages, 122 Words on Music and Dance
On Robert Rauschenberg, Artist, and his Work
Lecture on Nothing
Lecture on Something
45’ for a speaker
Where Are We Going?
Indeterminancy
Music Lovers’ Field Companion

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2004

    Cage and Cage Alone

    John Cage is a fantastic man, and the most supreme of geniuses. Whether performance art, music, or writing, he is the most amazing of all men.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2003

    enjoy the silence

    Ahh yes, silence. Simply astonishing and whimsical. John cage at his finest. Despite all my rage I am still just John Cage in a cage!!!!!! Ahhh, yes, I know why the Caged John sings.

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