John Cage
Photo by Ross Weiser / Courtesy of the John Cage Trust
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Composer Portraits

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John Cage

“From time to time ideas come for my next work which as I see it will be a large work which will...

Composer Portraits

John Cage

International Contemporary Ensemble

Thursday, September 20, 2012, 8pm

Miller Theatre at Columbia University

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Miller kicks off this year’s Composer Portraits series with a 100th birthday celebration of one of the 20th century’s most profoundly influential composers and thinkers, whose ideas revolutionized art-making across genres. This unique Portrait casts John Cage’s (1912–1992) provocative explorations of chance operations and unorthodox sounds in relief by exploring his at-times explosive correspondence with the iconic French modernist Pierre Boulez. Percussionist and conductor extraordinaire Steven Schick joins up with ICE for a program pairing Boulez’s signature Le Marteau sans maître with Cage’s seminal works, revealing surprising connections between these two polarizing explorers of sound.


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  • Pierre Boulez: Le Marteau sans maître (1954)