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John Cage archive

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

Read Music Is Everywhere: John Cage At 100

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


John Cage in The Hague, Netherlands, 1988

Read 33 Musicians On What John Cage Communicates

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

Cagey politics.

Read Candidate Up By 4.33 Points

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

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

Read Agitation In Atlanta, Luck In London And John Cage On The A Train

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

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

Watch So Percussion: Tiny Desk Concert

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


 In Classical Music, Every Day's A Holiday.

Read 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.

Read Nicholas Cords: Soba And Silence

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.

Watch Which Composer Is The Biggest Badass?

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.

Watch Music To Be Heard — And Seen

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.

Read When Musicians Build Furniture

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

Vintage radio

Watch All I Want For Christmas Is A Few Minutes Of Silence

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

Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky

Read Best Music Of The Year So Far: Classical

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

Composer Daniel Bjarnason

Listen Brooklyn, Iceland And Outer Space: New Classical CDs

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


Listen A 639-Year-Long Concert

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


Listen The Barrons: Forgotten Pioneers of Electronic Music

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


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