John Cage http://wrti.org en The John Cage Centenary http://wrti.org/post/john-cage-centenary <p>In the 100th birthday year of the American avant-garde composer John Cage, many cultural institutions are celebrating his deeply influential life's work. But celebrating Cage is a lot more elusive than celebrating, say, Debussy.&nbsp;Composing with open-ended concepts that often didn't even include notes and rests,&nbsp;Cage threw so much responsibility onto the performers and audiences that it's hard to know what to celebrate. The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns discovers the&nbsp;hidden burdens in Cage's brand of anarchy.</p> Sat, 29 Sep 2012 15:04:00 +0000 David Patrick Stearns 4507 at http://wrti.org The John Cage Centenary A Clutch Of Cage, A Surprising Critical Shift And Rocky Times At American Orchestras http://wrti.org/post/clutch-cage-surprising-critical-shift-and-rocky-times-american-orchestras <ul><p><li>Lots and lots of <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/91576532/john-cage" target="_blank">John Cage</a>-related <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/08/30/160327305/33-musicians-on-what-john-cage-communicates" target="_blank">reading</a>, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/09/05/160618202/music-is-everywhere-john-cage-at-100" target="_blank">listening</a> and <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2012/09/05/160339846/silence-and-sound-five-ways-of-understanding-john-cage" target="_blank">viewing</a> this week for the composer's centennial.</li><p><li>Pianist Margaret Leng Tan Fri, 07 Sep 2012 11:03:00 +0000 editor 4406 at http://wrti.org A Clutch Of Cage, A Surprising Critical Shift And Rocky Times At American Orchestras Music Is Everywhere: John Cage At 100 http://wrti.org/post/music-everywhere-john-cage-100 OK, let's get the elephant out of the room right away. <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/91576532/john-cage" target="_blank">John Cage</a>'s most famous, or infamous, work is "4'33"," in which a musician walks onstage and sits at the piano for 4 minutes and 33 seconds.<p>The "music" in this seemingly silent composition is all of the sound that occurs in the concert hall — the coughs, the rustling, the noise coming in from outside. Wed, 05 Sep 2012 20:36:00 +0000 NPR Music 4397 at http://wrti.org Music Is Everywhere: John Cage At 100