Unformatted text preview: to create a piece of music (“Williams Mix,” 1952) . Related to a principle found in Indian philosophy: “Art is the imitation of Nature in her manner of operation.” Studied under Henry Cowell when he (Cage) was young. Took Cowell’s ideas of extended technique a step further by creating the “prepared” piano , which consisted of a regular piano with nuts, bolts, screws, and other sound altering objects attached to the strings. Sonatas and Interludes (1946-48). A philosopher as well as a composer, he believed that all we do is music and that we should be aware of the music already around us as much as trying to create more. A participant in the first “happenings” of the 1960s and a creator of work that was always cutting edge in part because his processes flew in the face of all Western art traditions....
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- Fall '08
- Music, Prepared piano, John Cage, Henry Cowell, aleatoric music, similar chance procedures.