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Cage's Influence

Gordon Mumma, Allan Kaprow, James Tenney, Christian Wolff, Alvin Curran and Maryanne Amacher

in Writings through John Cage's Music, Poetry, and Art

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2001 | ISBN: 9780226044071
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226044873 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226044873.003.0009
Cage's Influence

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This chapter explains the impact of Cage's work on five of his former colleagues in terms of their own work and as well as that of others. An account of Cage's classes in experimental music at the New School for Social Research in 1950 is given by Allan Kaprow. Cage's historical role is assessed by James Tenney, who claims that by eliminating personal expression from music Cage brought to an end a period in music history that started with the beginnings of opera in the early seventeenth century. Christian Wolff writes that Cage's groundbreaking discoveries helped others pursue their individual and independent creative paths. Maryanne Amacher hopes to remain open to changes of the same magnitude of those that have occurred in future. Lastly, Alvin Curran, discusses his own work with the improvisatory performing group Musica Elettronica Viva, telling us that although Cage disliked improvisation, he was an important source of inspiration for this group.

Keywords: Cage; James Tenny; music; Christian Wolff; Maryanne Amacher; Allan Kaprow; Alvin Curran; opera

Chapter.  11055 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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