In this Book

Silence
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Silence, John Cage's first book and epic masterpiece, was published in October 1961. In these lectures, scores, and writings, Cage tries, as he says, to find a way of writing that comes from ideas, is not about them, but that produces them. Often these writings include mesostics and essays created by subjecting the work of other writers to chance procedures using the I Ching. Fifty years later comes a beautiful new edition with a foreword by eminent music critic Kyle Gann. A landmark book in American arts and culture, Silence has been translated into more than forty languages and has sold over half a million copies worldwide. Wesleyan University Press is proud to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the book's publication with this special hardcover edition.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Manifesto
  2. pp. xii-2
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  1. The Future of Music: Credo
  2. pp. 3-6
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  1. Experimental Music
  2. pp. 7-12
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  1. Experimental Music: Doctrine
  2. pp. 13-17
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  1. Composition as Process
  2. pp. 18-56
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  1. Composition
  2. pp. 57-61
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  1. Forerunners of Modern Music
  2. pp. 62-66
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  1. History of Experimental Music in the United States
  2. pp. 67-75
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  1. Erik Satie
  2. pp. 76-82
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  1. Edgard Varèse
  2. pp. 83-85
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  1. Four Statements on the Dance
  2. pp. 86-86
  1. Goal: New Music, New Dance
  2. pp. 87-88
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  1. Grace and Clarity
  2. pp. 89-93
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  1. In This Day…
  2. pp. 94-95
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  1. 2 Pages, 122 Words on Music and Dance
  2. pp. 96-97
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  1. On Robert Rauschenberg, Artist, and His Work
  2. pp. 98-108
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  1. Lecture on Nothing
  2. pp. 109-127
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  1. Lecture on Something
  2. pp. 128-145
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  1. 45' for a Speaker
  2. pp. 146-193
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  1. Where Are We Going? and What Are We Doing?
  2. pp. 194-259
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  1. Indeterminacy
  2. pp. 260-273
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  1. Music Lovers' Field Companion
  2. pp. 274-276
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