John Cage would have been 100 this year. In honour of that centenary, the BBC Proms in London is hosting a brave, exploratory concert. The Guardian just published an article where some of those involved with the event and the ‘Cage Walk’ happening beforehand, such as Ilan Volkov and Jeremy Millar, reflect on the significance of Cage’s music and thought. From Joe Cutler:
Cage once said that if music bores you, you should listen to it again and again until you’re no longer bored. That’s the point about this work: instead of rejecting something, you should find a way of reclaiming it. Cage opened a door that showed me a world no one thought possible. If he’s not the most important composer of the 20th century, then he is at least among the top three – not just because of his own music, but because of his ways of thinking. When I compose, he’s there in my head, challenging my preconceptions.
Published on 17 August 2012