One of the giants of Twentieth Century music and the international art scene, John Cage began his ventures into the avant-garde as a student of Arnold Schoenberg but soon found even the master's atona...
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|Modern American Composers I||1983||Actor||Himself||19837|
|John Cage: I Have Nothing to Say and I'm Saying It||1990 1989 - 1990||Actor||n/a||19907|
|The Colors of the Prism, the Mechanics of Time||2011||Actor||Himself||20117|
|Jasper Johns: Ideas in Paint||Actor||n/a||7|
|Mr. Hoover and I||1990||Actor||Himself||19907|
|C'est la vie Rose||1976||Actor||n/a||19767|
|Poetry in Motion||1981||Actor||Himself||19817|
|Merce Cunningham Dance Company||1976 1975 - 1976||Music||n/a||1|
|Salvator, die Inseln und Ich||1986||Music||n/a||1|
|Modern American Composers I||1983||Music||n/a||1|
|John Cage: I Have Nothing to Say and I'm Saying It||1990 1989 - 1990||Music||("Branches" "Inlets" "Water Music" "Four Minutes and Thirty-Three Seconds")||1|
|Balanchine and Cunningham: An Evening at American Ballet Theatre||1987 1986 - 1987||Music||music "Improvisation III"(("Duets"))||1|
|Shutter Island||2010||Song||("Music For Marcel Duchamp")||1|
|Shutter Island||2010||Song||("Root Of An Unfocus")||1|
In finding music everywhere, Cage always placed unique demands upon both his listeners and his musicians. His "Water Music" (1952) featured a pianist pouring water and blowing water whistles and "O'O" consisted of the sounds of vegetable slicing, a blender, and the drinking of the nutritious juice which resulted. Even when Cage allowed artists to use the devices for which they were trained, he put his own unique spin on them. His doctored pianos, with dampers installed to produce a wide range of atonalities, are legendary, and he even composed works which require pianists to slam down their key protectors and opera singers to scream their lungs out. Cage pioneered electronic music as early as 1939 with his "The Imaginary Landscape No. 1" and, heavily influenced by Zen Buddhism and the "I Ching, Book of Changes", introduced the element of chance into his music. Leaving leeway in his compositions as to when given notes would be played (or given sounds would essay forth from radios) Cage insured that each performance would be a unique event. Considering just how important he is in the contemporary musical history, his connections with the worlds of film and TV are regrettably slight. He was the subject of an installment of the PBS documentary series "American Masters" and made sporadic apperances elsewhere, most notably as one of the subjects of the 1991 documentary "Cage/Cunningham".
|Xenia Kashevaroff||Wife||married on June 7, 1935; divorced in 1945|
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