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Visible Deeds of MusicArt and Music from Wagner to Cage$
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Simon Shaw-Miller

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300083743

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300083743.001.0001

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A Chorus of Voices

A Chorus of Voices

Seeing Music in Cage and Fluxus, the Birth of the Postmodern

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(p.208) Six A Chorus of Voices
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Visible Deeds of Music
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Simon Shaw-Miller

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300083743.003.0006

This chapter examines Richard Wagner's ideas in the context of American composer John Cage's work. It suggests that it is through Cage's aesthetic of silence that the other arts can be a part of the discourse of music, and that it does not sublimate the other arts nor provide them with a notion of purity derived from the example of music.

Keywords:   Gesamtkunstwerk, Richard Wagner, John Cage, aesthetic of silence, discourse of music, notion of purity

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