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By Kenneth Silverman

ISBN-10: 1400044375

ISBN-13: 9781400044375

John Cage was once a guy of outstanding and likely unlimited abilities: musician, inventor, composer, poet. He grew to become a principal determine of the avant-garde early in his existence and remained at that top until eventually his demise in 1992 on the age of 80. Now award-winning biographer Kenneth Silverman provides us the 1st entire lifetime of this striking artist. We stick to Cage from his la childhood—his father was once a winning inventor—through his remain in Paris from 1930 to 1931, the place immersion within the burgeoning new musical and creative routine caused an explosion of creativity in him and, after his go back to the States, into his stories with the seminal glossy composer Arnold Schoenberg. We see Cage’s early experiments with sound and percussion tools, and watch as he develops his signature paintings with ready piano, radio static, random noise, and silence. We study of his many friendships through the years with different composers, artists, philosophers, and writers; of his early marriage and several other enthusiasts, either male and female; and of his lengthy dating with choreographer Merce Cunningham, with whom he may collaborate on greatly strange dances that proceed to persuade the worlds of either tune and dance.

Drawing on interviews with Cage’s contemporaries and pals and at the huge, immense archive of his letters and writings, and together with images, facsimiles of musical ratings, and net hyperlinks to illustrative sections of his compositions, Silverman provides us a biography of significant importance: a revelatory portrait of 1 of an important cultural figures of the 20 th century.

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Bird wanted her dancers to come down a brass pole. Its cost proved prohibitive, but she obtained a small piece of such a pole and brought it to the studio where she was about to teach, accompanied on the piano by Cage. Part of Cage’s assigned work at Cornish was to accompany dancers at classes and recitals, “drudgery which I hate,” he said. In this instance he set the brass chunk upon a tray on the piano. When he started playing for the class, it fell into the case and rolled around the strings.

While living in Germany, she had often visited the Bauhaus and got to personally know the so-called Blue Four: Alexej von Jawlensky, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, and Lyonel Feininger. Now about forty-five and settled permanently in Los Angeles, she exhibited, promoted, and sold their paintings—one of the first art collectors/dealers in America to do so. Her viewers included Cage, to whom she even loaned a work by Klee. Xenia had studied art at Reed College, and fashioned artworks herself, in various media.

2. THE ART OF NOISE 1938–1942 Percussion Music; Lou Harrison OSKAR FISCHINGER’S concept of incarnate sound animated Cage’s thinking about music the rest of his life. ” The idea freed him from Schoenberg’s demand for understanding of harmony. ” Cage composed some of his first percussion music when he and Xenia went to live in Santa Monica, probably late in 1937. They survived on only fifty dollars a month, he recalled, money he earned scrounging odd jobs and doing research for lawyers. The couple moved into a large house run by a bookbinder named Hazel Dreis, an artist at her trade whose covering materials included python.

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