Wednesday, March 14, 2007
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John Milton Cage (September 5, 1912 – August 12, 1992) was an early composer of what he called "chance music" (and what others have decided to label aleatoric music)—music where some elements are left to be decided by chance; he is also well known for his non-standard use of musical instruments and his pioneering exploration of electronic music. His works were sometimes controversial, but he is generally regarded as one of the most important composers of his era, especially in his raising questions about the definition of music. He is perhaps best known for his 1952 composition 4'33", whose three movements are performed without playing a single note.
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