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New Music, New AlliesAmerican Experimental Music in West Germany from the Zero Hour to Reunification$
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Amy Beal

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520247550

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520247550.001.0001

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Musics of Change

Musics of Change

Action eifter Cage (1959–1961)

(p.105) Four Musics of Change
New Music, New Allies

Amy C. Beal

University of California Press

This chapter outlines the extent of John Cage's influence in Darmstadt and elsewhere and documents how German composers, musicians, critics, and patrons reacted to American experimentalism. It suggests that Cage's ideas had helped introduce greater freedom in the use of musical material, new ways of working with musical time, and works based on process and conceptual compositions. Several articles published in the late 1950s and Cage's own articles also helped enhance West German conceptions of an American experimental tradition.

Keywords:   John Cage, Darmstadt, American experimentalism, musical material, conceptual compositions, German composers, musical time

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