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||A Study of John Cage's “Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano”|
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The study explores various compositional techniques in John Cage’s "Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano." In the music not only does the composer develop his individual styles, but also uses traditional idioms. In this composition, Cage displays different methods that are used to create a sense of indeterminacy. His use of time proportion, form and Micro-Macrocosmic Structure in the work breaks away from tradition idioms. This technique of composition reflects important characteristic in Cage’s oeuvre. Thus, Cage holds the important status in the piano and in the history of Western music.
The thesis consists of four chapters: Chapter one provides an overview of the American social movements in relation to the music of twentieth-century, investigating the influences on Cage’s compositions. Chapter two deals with works in different stages, discussing the characteristics and related process in the works. Chapter three provides a detail analysis of "Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano." Chapter four summarizes the findings of this research.
||Shun-Mei Tsai - chair|
Kwang-I Ying - co-chair
Kheng-Keow Koay - advisor
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