John Cage. 1912-1992. Early Life. He was born in Los Angeles His father was an inventor of useless products His mother was never happy He always wanted to be different and strived to not “go with the flow”. His grandfather referred the violin as the “instrument of the devil”.
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When he returned to America, he took composition lessons from Richard Buhlig,
Henry Cowell, and Arnold Schoenberg whom he “worshiped”.
Schoenberg agreed to tutor Cage for free after he agreed to “devote his life to music”. Cage stopped after two years.
“My music is a purposeless play,” but “this play is an affirmation of life – not an attempt to bring order out of chaos, nor to suggest improvements in creation, but to simply wake up to the very life we are living, which is so excellent once one gets one’s mind and desires out the way and lets it act of its own accord.”
John Cage died only weeks before the coming of his 80th birthday. There was expected to be a large presentation put on for him by many musicians for a celebration. However, the event went on anyways.