Known for movies

Short Info

DiedAugust 12, 1992, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
SpouseXenia Andreyevna Kashevaroff
FactOnce performed one of his pieces on "I've Got a Secret," using among other items a grand piano, a duck call, a toaster, a transistor radio, and a bathtub.

John Cage was born on September 5, 1912, in Los Angeles, California. His parents, John and Lucretia Cage, were both teachers. He had two brothers, Richard and David. Cage was educated at Los Angeles High School and Pomona College. He began his career as a musician, playing the piano and percussion in various bands.

He soon began to experiment with new ways of making music, using everyday objects as instruments. In the 1940s, he began to develop his own unique style of composition, which he called “chance music. ” This style involved using random procedures to determine the structure and content of a piece of music. Cage’s best-known work, 4’33”, is a three-movement composition in which the performer does not play a single note.

The work is meant to be a “silent” composition, with the audience making its own noise. Cage was also a prolific writer, and his writings on music and art have been widely influential. He died on August 12, 1992, in New York City. ..

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Full NameJohn Cage
DiedAugust 12, 1992, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
ProfessionActor, Author, Philosopher, Film Score Composer, Visual Artist
EducationThe New School, Pomona College, Los Angeles High School, University of California, Los Angeles


SpouseXenia Andreyevna Kashevaroff
ParentsLucretia "Crete" Harvey, John Milton Cage, Sr.


AwardsGrammy Trustees Award, Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada, Independent Music Award for Best Design - Best Album Art
MoviesDreams That Money Can Buy, At Land, Poetry in Motion, À travers la forêt, Merce Cunningham: A Lifetime of Dance, John Cage: One 11 with 103, Inside Dope, Sonic Acts: From Stockhausen to Squarepusher, Merce Cunningham, A Legacy of Dance, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden: A Portrait of David Toop ...

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1I do the cooking, and Merce does the dishes. [in 1989, when asked publicly for the first time about the "nature of his relationship" with choreographer Merce Cunningham, who was also his frequent professional collaborator.


1Inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 1982.
2Life partner of dancer/choreographer Merce Cunningham for fifty years, from 1942 until Cage's death in 1992.
3Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 3, 1991-1993, pages 89-91. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2001.
4Once performed one of his pieces on "I've Got a Secret," using among other items a grand piano, a duck call, a toaster, a transistor radio, and a bathtub.
5His most (in)famous composition was 4' 33", consisting of musicans seated in front of their instruments without touching them for three movements, totaling four minutes and thirty three seconds. The sheet music simply reads "TACIT" (silent) for each movement.
6Did scholarly research into the science of fungology (the study of mushrooms and other fungi).



Before the Last Drop2014Documentary
Surrounded2013Documentary short
John Cage's Musicircus2012Documentary short
Um Filme Sem História2002Short
John Cage: From Zero1995
The Revenge of the Dead Indians1993Documentary
End of the Art World1971Documentary short
Works of Calder1950Documentary
Horror Dream1948Short
Dreams That Money Can Buy1947segment "Discs"


Gerhard Richter - Painting2011Documentary writer: "Music for Marcel Duchamp"
Harald Schmidt2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Shutter Island2010writer: "MUSIC FOR MARCEL DUCHAMP" 1947, "ROOT OF AN UNFOCUS" 1944
You Think You Really Know Me: The Gary Wilson Story2005Documentary "Six Short Inventions for Seven Instruments" 1934
How to Draw a Bunny2002Documentary writer: "Sonata XIII"
Modulations1998Documentary writer: "Imaginary Landscape No. 1", "Music Circus"


C'est la vie, Rose1977Schachspieler (Chess Player)
Global Groove1973Video short
At Land1946Short

Music Department

Tomato2015Short stock muisc
Bo Cage2012Short stock music
O Cinema Falado1986composer: additional music - work for prepared piano


Film über Nichts1992text score Lecture on Nothing
One 11 and 1031992


An Optical Poem1937Short unspecified assistant - uncredited


Tentatives de se décrire2005Documentary
American Masters1989-2001TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Composer
Sonic Acts: From Stockhausen to Squarepusher1998DocumentaryHimself
John Cage: From Zero1995Himself
Écoute1992Video documentaryHimself
Opus 20 Modern Masterworks: John Cage1992TV Movie documentaryHimself
22708 Types1992DocumentaryHimself
Cage/Cunningham1991DocumentaryHimself - Interviewee
John Cage: Man and Myth1990Video documentaryHimself
Mr. Hoover and I1989DocumentaryHimself
Poema: Cidade1986Documentary shortHimself
Four American Composers1983TV Movie documentary
Sometimes It Works, Sometimes It Doesn't1983DocumentaryHimself
Seven Portraits1983ShortHimself
Poetry in Motion1982DocumentaryHimself
Robert Rauschenberg: Retrospective1979DocumentaryHimself
John & Yoko in Syracuse, New York1972TV Short documentaryHimself
C'è musica & musica1972TV Series documentaryHimself
American Art in the 1960s1972DocumentaryHimself
John Cage1966DocumentaryHimself
Sound??1966TV MovieHimself
A Zen Life: D.T. Suzuki2006Documentary

Archive Footage

Uncle Howard2016/IDocumentaryHimself
Ànima2009TV SeriesHimself
Varese: The One All Alone2009DocumentaryHimself, composer
Les années Sigma: la provocation amoureuse2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation1999DocumentaryHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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