As an appendix to my previous, very long post, I'd like to share with you the following film from the YouTube archives, a wonderful clip of John Cage performing a piece called 'Water Walk'. Cage died on August 12th, 1992, yet is still an extraordinarily divisive figure in the arts. An astonishingly prolific and hard-working composer, writer, printmaker, performer, and mushroom enthusiast, Cage is still most famous (or notorious) for the silent piece, 4'33" (which can still send musical conservatives into frenzies of rage) and once stated that the ultimate aim of music should be to "introduce us to the very life we are living and that we are able without scores without performers and so forth simply ... [to] sit still [and] listen to the sounds that surround us and hear them as music." (A Year From Monday, p.46). Interestingly, one can easily picture a contemporary audience and presenter reacting as those in the fifties did. Enjoy!
Uplifters and Reformers
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