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Cage's influence stretched far beyond the ‘classical’ arena, with rock musicians being inspired by his electronic works and his musical philosophies.
Cage was one of the most influential composers of the 20th century thanks to his experiments with chance music and his employment of standard instruments in non-standard uses. He studied with Henry Cowell and Arnold Schoenberg, but another major influence was the music of the East. The I Ching became a constant composing guide throughout his life. His most celebrated work is the non-music, 4'33", a piece that employs silence for that given duration – and that can be performed by any player or ensemble. Throughout his life he wrote music for dance companies, notably for Merce Cunningham, alongside his concert works. As well as being a composer, Cage produced prints and scupltural works, and he maintained a busy schedule as a lecturer and teacher. His influence stretched far beyond the ‘classical’ arena, with rock musicians being inspired by his electronic works and his musical philosophies.
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