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John Cage Centennial Festival: Will it silence critics?
Washington Post ^ | 9/2/12 | Anne Midgette

Posted on 09/02/2012 4:05:30 PM PDT by Borges

To many artists, he was one of the most inspiring figures of the 20th century. To some musicians, he is underrated: branded, unfairly, more important as a thinker than a composer. And to a large segment of the public, he’s a charlatan: a man who convinced some people that sitting onstage in silence for four minutes and 33 seconds could be construed as performing a work of music.

John Cage — composer, philosopher, visual artist, mushroom enthusiast — would have been 100 years old on Wednesday. This week Washington, usually somewhat conservative in its musical tastes, is challenging its own image with an eight-day celebration, opening Tuesday and spread throughout some of the city’s flagship arts institutions, that may be the largest Cage centennial in the country.

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TOPICS: Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: centennial; classicalmusic; johncage; music

1 posted on 09/02/2012 4:05:35 PM PDT by Borges
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To: .30Carbine; 1cewolf; 1rudeboy; 2nd Bn, 11th Mar; 31R1O; ADemocratNoMore; afraidfortherepublic; ...

Classical Ping


2 posted on 09/02/2012 4:09:09 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

Yesterday I played a John Cage piece at full volume.

The mime next door went crazy.


3 posted on 09/02/2012 4:13:12 PM PDT by Mugwump
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To: Borges

You gotta watch the tempo in 4’33”. Too fast and it’s...well, it’s 4’32”.


4 posted on 09/02/2012 4:18:37 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Mugwump

Oh, can’t you be quiet for a minute or... uh, four and a half?!


5 posted on 09/02/2012 4:20:37 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Revolting cat!

... :0)


6 posted on 09/02/2012 4:22:27 PM PDT by Mugwump
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To: Mugwump

I had a girlfriend that I wished would do an a capella version of that.


7 posted on 09/02/2012 4:24:14 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Borges

Use philistines just don’t get it! Don’t get it!


8 posted on 09/02/2012 4:28:39 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Borges

Silence as music.....interesting.....modern American poets should try that concept.....a blank white page.....the Atlantic would pay big money for it.....here’s my poem for the Atlantic about an albino deer peeing in a snowstorm


9 posted on 09/02/2012 5:04:17 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6

Where’s my check?


10 posted on 09/02/2012 5:04:56 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6

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11 posted on 09/02/2012 5:20:08 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6

That’s my other poem.


12 posted on 09/02/2012 5:20:53 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6
Silence as music.....interesting.....modern American poets should try that concept.....a blank white page.....the Atlantic would pay big money for it.....here’s my poem for the Atlantic about an albino deer peeing in a snowstorm

Actually he was bringing attention to the "white noise" that music exists along with, i.e. the sounds of the audience. It was quite clever, and only one of his many explorations. Not all geniuses make you tap your toes.

BTW, the proper visual for an albino deer peeing in a snowstorm is:

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13 posted on 09/02/2012 6:31:01 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Borges
on youtube for your listening enjoyment... 4'33"
14 posted on 09/02/2012 7:00:52 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Talisker

I’m sorry, but your deer should see a urologist. That is an indicator of bladder problems.


15 posted on 09/02/2012 7:15:17 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Talisker

Well, if I was in the audience, I’d want union scale for making white noise as a performer. You don’t even want to know how much they would have to pay me to sit there and be quiet.


16 posted on 09/02/2012 7:18:33 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Talisker

Einstein makes me tap my toes.

“E=mc2....shangalanga ding dong.....”

Hard to dance to, though.


17 posted on 09/02/2012 7:22:26 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Borges

isn’t he a character in CONAIR or EMERGENCY?


18 posted on 09/02/2012 8:09:18 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (if the little things really annoy you, maybe it's because the big things are going well.)
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To: Mugwump

Many moons ago, when I was young and a student at the Univ. of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana, I had a part-time student worker job at the Music Library in the Music building on campus. I would check out books, music manuscripts, etc. This was the time when John Cage was a professor of music at U of I, and he would come into the library frequently. I would check books, etc. out for him many times. He truly was into mushrooms, and his books would be interspersed with mushroom factoids. I still have one of his books somewhere.

Cage was a flaming gay who struck poses a lot. He was a little guy and smoked cigarettes using a fancy cigarette holder. Very witty. There was a cadre of professors into the atonal, and performance art music scene at U of I just as it was coming into full blossom. I went to a performance art show that Cage put on at the University Assembly Hall, that was shaped like a giant mushroom (right up Cage’s mushroom alley). Or a giant flying saucer if you prefer. As you went in, there was psychedelic multi-colored gauze hangings w/strobe lights flashing everywhere that you walked through, and in various places you’d trip across harpsichord players (one was some famous female from France that he had imported, can’t remember her name). And in the upper reaches of the hall, up in the rafters (last row of seats) were placed assorted tape machine recorders blaring forth weird music, a combination of humans and machines making noise, err, music. This was of course, back in the Hippie Days, and I would estimate that three quarters of the inhabitants therein were thoroughly stoned before getting there for this psychedelic experience. And an experience it was. Actually, it was a lot of fun. Cage was a real character.


19 posted on 09/02/2012 8:46:38 PM PDT by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: flaglady47

Actually, I shouldn’t have said little guy above as much as a leprechaun type of guy, reminded me of a leprechaun, only taller. I went to one of his performances of the “prepared piano” where he was sticking stuff (objects) under, over the piano strings. Interesting.


20 posted on 09/02/2012 9:00:01 PM PDT by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: flaglady47

If John Cage’s “music” is winning critical acclaim, then classical music is dead. The only good music being written today is movie music.


21 posted on 09/03/2012 7:07:01 AM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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