John Cage

1912 - 1992

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John Milton Cage Jr. (September 5, 1912 – August 12, 1992) was an American composer and music theorist. A pioneer of indeterminacy in music, electroacoustic music, and non-standard use of musical instruments, Cage was one of the leading figures of the post-war avant-garde. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Cage has received more than 3,565,744 page views. His biography is available in 63 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 61 in 2019). John Cage is the 99th most popular composer (down from 88th in 2019), the 348th most popular biography from United States (down from 253rd in 2019) and the 4th most popular American Composer.

John Cage is most famous for his "4'33"", a piece of music that consists of three movements. The first movement is four minutes and thirty-three seconds of silence, the second movement is four minutes and thirty-three seconds of sound, and the third movement is four minutes and thirty-three seconds of silence.

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Among composers, John Cage ranks 99 out of 1,451Before him are Alma Mahler, César Franck, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Ruggero Leoncavallo, and Léo Delibes. After him are Arvo Pärt, Jacopo Peri, Francis Poulenc, Zoltán Kodály, Adolphe Adam, and Paul Hindemith.

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Among people born in 1912, John Cage ranks 16Before him are Michelangelo Antonioni, János Kádár, Millvina Dean, Raoul Wallenberg, Jorge Amado, and Alfredo Stroessner. After him are Khalid of Saudi Arabia, Heinrich Harrer, Clara Petacci, Carlo Ponti, Chuck Jones, and Hanna Reitsch. Among people deceased in 1992, John Cage ranks 14Before him are Joan Fuster, Francis Bacon, Astor Piazzolla, Mikhail Tal, Olivier Messiaen, and Giovanni Falcone. After him are Barbara McClintock, Benny Hill, Anthony Perkins, Ernst Happel, Li Xiannian, and Satyajit Ray.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, John Cage ranks 348 out of 20,380Before him are Geraldine Chaplin (1944), Mario Puzo (1920), Sharon Stone (1958), Gertrude B. Elion (1918), Calvin Klein (1942), and Paul Auster (1947). After him are Julia Roberts (1967), Fred Astaire (1899), Rachel Carson (1907), Jack Lemmon (1925), Spencer Tracy (1900), and Oliver Stone (1946).

Among COMPOSERS In United States

Among composers born in United States, John Cage ranks 4Before him are Leonard Bernstein (1918), John Williams (1932), and George Gershwin (1898). After him are Henry Mancini (1924), Philip Glass (1937), Samuel Barber (1910), Scott Joplin (1868), Steve Reich (1936), Angelo Badalamenti (1937), James Horner (1953), and Jerry Goldsmith (1929).