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Music & Performance

Cage, Tudor, and the Visual Language of Indeterminacy

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The avant-garde composer and Black Mountain College teacher John Cage invented new performance methods and compositional processes. Nancy Perloff, curator of modern and contemporary collections at the Getty Research Institute, discusses Cage’s use of chance operations to develop works that would transform music in the 20th century. Pianist Aron Kallay performs elements from scores Cage collaborated on with David Tudor. 

Support for programming related to Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957 is provided by Catherine Glynn Benkaim and Barbara Timmer.

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