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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 3,128,143 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 58 in 2019). John Cage is the 88th most popular composer (down from 67th in 2019), the 253rd most popular biography from United States (down from 170th in 2019) and the 3rd 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 88 out of 1,216Before him are Luigi Boccherini, César Franck, Leoš Janáček, Alban Berg, Olivier Messiaen, and François Couperin. After him are Leonard Bernstein, Pietro Mascagni, Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart, Luigi Cherubini, Léo Delibes, and Carlo Gesualdo.

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Among people born in 1912, John Cage ranks 12Before him are Wernher von Braun, Jackson Pollock, Erich Honecker, Otto von Habsburg, Michelangelo Antonioni, and Heinrich Harrer. After him are Carlo Ponti, Clara Petacci, János Kádár, Alfredo Stroessner, Raoul Wallenberg, and Jorge Amado. Among people deceased in 1992, John Cage ranks 10Before him are Willy Brandt, Friedrich Hayek, Grace Hopper, Astor Piazzolla, Menachem Begin, and Olivier Messiaen. After him are Mikhail Tal, Francis Bacon, Barbara McClintock, Aribert Heim, Giovanni Falcone, and Benny Hill.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, John Cage ranks 253 out of 18,182Before him are Steve Wozniak (1950), Lee Van Cleef (1925), William Howard Taft (1857), Joe Dassin (1938), Calvin Coolidge (1872), and Paul Samuelson (1915). After him are Rocky Marciano (1923), Ray Kroc (1902), George Westinghouse (1846), Oliver Hardy (1892), Gwyneth Paltrow (1972), and John Dillinger (1903).

Among COMPOSERS In United States

Among composers born in United States, John Cage ranks 3Before him are George Gershwin (1898) and John Williams (1932). After him are Leonard Bernstein (1918), Henry Mancini (1924), Philip Glass (1937), Scott Joplin (1868), Steve Reich (1936), Samuel Barber (1910), Jerry Goldsmith (1929), James Horner (1953), and Cole Porter (1891).