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The Cambridge Companion to John Cage

The Cambridge Companion to John Cage

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David Nicholls, Christopher Shultis, David W. Patterson, David W. Bernstein, Kathan Brown, William Brooks, Leta E. Miller, John Holzaepfel, Alastair Williams, Kyle Gann
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  • Date Published: August 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521789684

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  • American composer John Cage (1912-1992) was without doubt one of the most important and influential figures in twentieth-century music. He spent much of his career in pursuit of an unusual goal--"giving up control so that sounds can be sounds", as he put it. As well as composing around 300 works, he was also a prolific performer, writer, poet, and visual artist. This Companion celebrates the richness and diversity of Cage's achievements and provides readers with a fully rounded portrait of a fascinating figure.

    • A full account of one of the most influential composers in the late twentieth century
    • Covers all aspects of Cage - his music, his writings, his art and his philosophy
    • Written by an international team of Cage experts from a wide perspective, summarising recent scholarship
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    • Date Published: August 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521789684
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 175 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus. 3 tables 37 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Notes on contributors
    Part I. Aesthetic Contexts:
    1. Cage and America David Nicholls
    2. Cage and Europe Christopher Shultis
    3. Cage and Asia: history and sources David W. Patterson
    Part II. Sounds, Words, Images:
    4. Music I: to the late 1940s David W. Bernstein
    5. Words and writings David W. Patterson
    6. Towards infinity: Cage in the 1950s and 1960s David Nicholls
    7. Visual art Kathan Brown
    8. Music II: from the late 1960s William Brooks
    Part III. Interaction and Influence:
    9. Cage's collaborations Leta E. Miller
    10. Cage and Tudor John Holzaepfel
    11. Cage and high modernism David W. Bernstein
    12. Music and society William Brooks
    13. Cage and postmodernism Alastair Williams
    14. No escape from heaven: John Cage as father figure Kyle Gann

  • Editor

    David Nicholls, University of Southampton
    David Nicholls is Professor of Music at the University of Southampton. Author of American Experimental Music, 1890-1940 (Cambridge, 1990) and editor of The Cambridge History of American Music (Cambridge, 1998) and numerous articles on topics in American music, he has also acted as contributing editor for the reissue of Henry Cowell's New Musical Resources (CUP, 1996) and The Whole World of Music: A Henry Cowell Symposium (1997). He is also editor of the journal American Music.


    David Nicholls, Christopher Shultis, David W. Patterson, David W. Bernstein, Kathan Brown, William Brooks, Leta E. Miller, John Holzaepfel, Alastair Williams, Kyle Gann

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