Search - List of Books by John Cage

"It is better to make a piece of music than to perform one, better to perform one than to listen to one, better to listen to one than to misuse it as a means of distraction, entertainment, or acquisition of "culture."" -- John Cage
John Milton Cage Jr. (September 5, 1912 — August 12, 1992) was an American composer, philosopher, poet, music theorist, artist, printmaker, and amateur mycologist and mushroom collector. A pioneer of chance music, electronic music and non-standard use of musical instruments, Cage was one of the leading figures of the post-war avant-garde. Critics have lauded him as one of the most influential American composers of the 20th century. He was also instrumental in the development of modern dance, mostly through his association with choreographer Merce Cunningham, who was also Cage's romantic partner for most of their lives.

Cage is perhaps best known for his 1952 composition 4?33?, the three movements of which are performed without a single note being played. The content of the composition is meant to be perceived as the sounds of the environment that the listeners hear while it is performed, rather than merely as four minutes and thirty three seconds of silence, and the piece became one of the most controversial compositions of the twentieth century. Another famous creation of Cage's is the prepared piano (a piano with its sound altered by placing various objects in the strings), for which he wrote numerous dance-related works and a few concert pieces, the best known of which is Sonatas and Interludes (1946—48).

His teachers included Henry Cowell (1933) and Arnold Schoenberg (1933—35), both known for their radical innovations in music, but Cage's major influences lay in various Eastern cultures. Through his studies of Indian philosophy and Zen Buddhism in the late 1940s, Cage came to the idea of aleatoric or chance-controlled music, which he started composing in 1951. The I Ching, an ancient Chinese classic text on changing events, became Cage's standard composition tool for the rest of his life. In a 1957 lecture, Experimental Music, he described music as "a purposeless play" which is "an affirmation of life — not an attempt to bring order out of chaos nor to suggest improvements in creation, but simply a way of waking up to the very life we're living".

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Total Books: 80
Mud Book How to Make Pies and Cakes
2017 - Mud Book How to Make Pies and Cakes (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781616895525
ISBN-10: 1616895527
Genre: Children's Books
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John Cage / Milan Grygar Chance Operations  Intention
2016 - John Cage / Milan Grygar Chance Operations Intention (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783735601551
ISBN-10: 3735601553
Genre: Arts & Photography
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John Cage Diary How to Improve the World
2015 - John Cage Diary How to Improve the World [You Will Only Make Matters Worse] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781938221101
ISBN-10: 1938221109
Genres: Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction
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Silence Lectures and Writings 50th Anniversary Edition
John Cage  Thomas Wulffen Rrose to the Occasion A Conversation
2013 - John Cage Thomas Wulffen Rrose to the Occasion a Conversation [Kunsthalle Marcel Duchamp] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9783869843858
ISBN-10: 3869843853
Genres: Arts & Photography, Reference
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Empty Mind
2012 - Empty Mind (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9783518224724
ISBN-10: 3518224727
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John Cage Book of Days 2012
2011 - John Cage Book of Days 2012 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781935202646
ISBN-10: 1935202642
Genre: Arts & Photography
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John Cage Every Day is a Good Day The Visual Art of John Cage
John Cage Book of Days
2009 - John Cage Book of Days (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781935202011
ISBN-10: 1935202014
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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John Cage Essay Music
2007 - John Cage Essay Music (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788495321923
ISBN-10: 8495321920
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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AC Bruce Nauman Mapping the Studio I
2003 - Ac Bruce Nauman Mapping the Studio I [Fat Chance John Cage] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9783883756851
ISBN-10: 3883756857
Genres: Arts & Photography, Substores
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The Art of Dove Bradshaw Nature Change and Indeterminacy
2003 - The Art of Dove Bradshaw Nature Change and Indeterminacy (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780972424011
ISBN-10: 0972424016
Genre: Arts & Photography
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Site Specific Projects The Espai Poblenou Foundation
2003 - Site Specific Projects the Espai Poblenou Foundation (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9788434309951
ISBN-10: 8434309955
Genres: Arts & Photography, History, Nonfiction
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Silencio  conferencias y escritos
2002 - Silencio Conferencias Y Escritos (Other)
ISBN-13: 9788488020345
ISBN-10: 8488020341
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Sounds of the Inner Eye John Cage Mark Tobey and Morris Graves
2002 - Sounds of the Inner Eye John Cage Mark Tobey and Morris Graves (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780295982748
ISBN-10: 0295982748
Genres: Arts & Photography, Substores
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Pour les oiseaux  Entretiens avec Daniel Charles
2002 - Pour Les Oiseaux Entretiens Avec Daniel Charles (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9782851972279
ISBN-10: 2851972278
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X Writings 1979-82
2001 - X Writings 1979-82 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781842300084
ISBN-10: 1842300083
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Poetry Plastique
2001 - Poetry Plastique (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781887123518
ISBN-10: 1887123512
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Anarchy New York City-January 1998
2001 - Anarchy New York City-january 1998 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780819564665
ISBN-10: 0819564664
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Nonfiction, Humor & Entertainment
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For the Birds John Cage in Conversation with Daniel Charles
2000 - For the Birds John Cage in Conversation with Daniel Charles (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780714526904
ISBN-10: 0714526908
Genre: Nonfiction
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Hanne Darboven/John Cage
2000 - Hanne Darboven/john Cage (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783775708975
ISBN-10: 3775708979
Genre: Arts & Photography
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1997 - I-vi [Statistics for Industry and Technology] (Paperback)Hardcover
1995 - Silence (Hardcover)
John Cage New River Watercolors [April 14 - May 20, 1990; The Phillips Collection] (Paperback)
Writing Through Finnegans Wake [University of Tulsa monograph series] (Paperback)
Pour Les Oiseaux Entretiens Avec Daniel Charles Siecle [Les Batisseurs du XXe i.e. vingtieme - French Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
Mirage Verbal Writings Through Marcel Duchamp Notes [Cahier Ulysse, fin de siecle - French Edition] (Paperback)