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Department
Music
Course
MUSIC 1AA3
Professor
Matthew Woolhouse
Semester
Winter

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John Cage 1912 LA1992 NY aged 80Composer music theorist writer philosopher and artist often composing graphical scoresstudied composition with Schoenberg but composed in a radically modern mannerpioneer of indeterminacy in music electroacoustic music and nonstandard use of musical instrumentsOne of leading gures of the postwar avantgarde forefront of experimentationCritics lauded him as most inuential American composers of 20C others criticized as charlatanListeners provoked to rethink the nature of musiceg Water Work uh He was a shroomie collected mushrooms and whatnot sounds like a fungiAleatoric MusicChance music from the Latin wordalea meaning diceProcess usually involves a relatively limited number of possibilitiesTechnique pioneered ad Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Musicin early 50s but can be traced back to Dada artistseg Marcel Duchamp Erratum Musical 1915Indeterminacy 1959Cage confronts basic questions about nature of musicHighl
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