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John Cage.

John Cage artist page: interviews, features and/or performances archived at NPR Music

Interviews & Profiles

John Cage in The Hague, Netherlands, 1988

September 5, 2012 From Yoko Ono to Nona Hendryx to Lou Reed — what they've taken from the late composer's ideas.

Composer Daniel Bjarnason

April 18, 2010 Hear NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Guy Raz spin new releases by young classical musicians.

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February 7, 2005 Before synthesizers and samplers, Bebe and Louis Barron created otherworldly electronic sounds.

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News

John Cage during his 1966 concert at the opening of the National Arts Foundation in Washington, D.C.

September 5, 2012 Cage's most lasting influence may be in his ideas about the artistic freedom in breaking rules.

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The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is facing budget battles, and the shame of being silenced while backing a pop group.

August 17, 2012 The Atlanta Symphony struggles, a one-handed pianist graduates and the music of John Cage continues.

Vintage radio

October 4, 2010 A Facebook campaign tries to make John Cage's 4'33" the number one song in England this Christmas.

July 13, 2008 A church in Germany is taking its time with the John Cage piece, "As Slow As Possible."

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More Stories

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

June 7, 2013 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Cagey politics.

August 31, 2012 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

So Percussion performs a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices on Jan. 31, 2012.

April 2, 2012 The ensemble employs all kinds of toys, from an amplified cactus to a mug filled with spare change.

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 In Classical Music, Every Day's A Holiday.

February 10, 2012 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Violist Nicholas Cords likes his Japanese soba noodles on the quiet side.

November 23, 2011 Brooklyn Rider's intrepid violist finds a perfect musical partner for his favorite Japanese food.

Dmitri Shostakovich topped our informal "who's the most badass composer" poll.

June 27, 2011 An idle query on Twitter ignites a fun debate.

Makoto Nomura's 'Oi Asitawa,' which relies on the performers to co-compose and notate their music.

June 14, 2011 A 21st-century look at new forms of musical notation, from sculpture to celestial maps.

Now I see the problem. I was reading the instructions like a John Cage score.

May 27, 2011 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, on Deceptive Cadence.

Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky

June 24, 2010 Sopranos, symphony orchestras and Schubert: Hear a handful of the year's best classical CDs so far.

John Cage.

May 8, 2000 Cage's "intense" musical composition consists of a pianist sitting at a piano and playing nothing.

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M.I.A.

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Mozart: Jagd-Quartett; Dissonanzen-Quartett

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  • Album: Mozart: Jagd-Quartett; Dissonanzen-Quartett
  • Artist: Emerson String Quartet
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Released: 1989