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5 Representative Art Music Pieces from After 1945 Cage, Varèse, Adams, Zwilich, Carter
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John Cage (1912 – 1992) Born in L.A., studied in Europe, UCLA with Schoenberg Highly influential creator of chance music Developed percussion instruments Experimented with new sounds, especially interested in Eastern Music Creative and forward-thinking composer Fascinated with role of silence in music
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Invented the prepared piano, partly to mimic sounds of Indonesian music Prepared piano: grand piano in which sound is altered using objects such as bolts, screws, rubber bands, pieces of felt, paper, and plastic inserted between the strings of some of the keys Multiple sounds with one key
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Gamelan Music of Indonesia Bronze “orchestras” Feature repetition of interlocking ostinato patterns Irregular phrase groupings (link)
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Sonatas and Interludes (1946–1948) Cage's best-known work for prepared piano and one of his most widely performed and recorded compositions Lasts around 66 minutes, 16 sonatas grouped four, separated by interludes cycle aims to express the range of stylized emotional states described in Indian aesthetic theory: “the heroic, erotic, wondrous, mirthful, odious, sorrowful, fearful, angry, and their common tendency toward tranquility.” Sonata II Sonata V
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Edgard Varèse (1883 -1965) Great innovator
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