Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Illuminating Postmodern Elements in the Music of John Cage
by Robertson, Casey, M.A., California State University, Dominguez Hills, 2015, 170; 10020172
Abstract (Summary)

While the American composer John Cage is often classified as an influential figure in the realm of modernist music, the controversial nature of Cage's work has proven to be more far-reaching than many had initially contended. Through a process of re-examining the work of Cage through a postmodern lens, this thesis rejects the notion that Cage was confined to the realm of modernism, and demonstrates that the composer not only exhibited postmodern tendencies through his ideas and concepts, but also aesthetically in his compositions. By illuminating these postmodern compositional practices and postmodern-influenced belief systems expressed by Cage as an artist, a reinterpretation of the composer and his work is carried out, while also addressing criticisms leveled toward Cage as a postmodernist. Through this contemporary reanalysis, the thesis demonstrates that Cage was a composer that transcended genres and classifications to ultimately resonate as a viable figure of postmodern music.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Shannon, Jacqueline
School: California State University, Dominguez Hills
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music, Philosophy, Aesthetics
Keywords: John Cage, LGBTQ, Modernism, New York School, Postmodern, Queer
Publication Number: 10020172
ISBN: 978-1-339-51226-6
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