Music Matters: John Cage
Tom Service presents archive footage of John Cage in conversation
Tom Service explores the life and works of John Cage in the centenary year of his birth. He presents fascinating archive footage of the composer from conversations, and lectures, as well as hearing from contemporary composers including John Adams, Christian Wolff and Howard Skempton. The style and development of Cage's music offers insights into an anarchic political stance and strong discipline in his art.
A pioneer of fluxus, producer of graphic scores and composer of 4'33'', Cage remains an avante-garde voice today. His piano works are numerous and experimental, and his pieces for chamber groups are as challenging today as when they were composed.