John Cage: Musicage: Cage Muses on Words, Art, Music

John Cage: Musicage: Cage Muses on Words, Art, Music
Library Shelf Location 18.CAGE
Publication Date 1996
Description Joan Retallack's conversations with Cage represent the first consideration of his artistic production in its entirety, across genres. Informed by the perspective of age, Cage's comments range freely from his theories of chance and indeterminate composition to his long-time collaboration with Merce Cunningham to the aesthetics of his multimedia works. A composer for whom the whole world -- with its brimming silences and anarchic harmonies -- was a source of music, Cage once claimed, "There is no noise, only sounds." As these interviews attest, that penchant for testing traditions reached far beyond his music. His lifelong project, Retallack writes in her comprehensive introduction, was "dislodging cultural authoritarianism and gridlock by inviting surprising conjunctions within carefully delimited frameworks and processes." Consummate performer to the end, Cage delivers here just such a conjunction -- a tour de force that provides new insights into the man and a clearer view of the status of art in the 20th century.
ISBN 9780819563118
Quantity 1
Pages 360
Author Joan Retallack
Format Paperback
Publisher Wesleyan University Press
Related Artist John Cage
Categories Audio/Sound Art/Music, Painting, Printmaking, Text Art
Artist's Nationality American (USA)
Language English

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