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Composition In Retrospect
by John Cage
Binding: Paperback, First Edition Thus edition, 184 pages
Publisher: Exact Change
Weight: 0.35 pound
Dimension: H: 0.6 x L: 7.8 x W: 5.9 inches
ISBN 10: 1878972111
ISBN 13: 9781878972118
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Written in his characteristic mesostics (linked lines of prose poetry), Composition in Retrospect is a statement of methodology in which composer John Cage examines the central issues of his work: indeterminacy, non understanding, inconsistency, imitation, variable structure, contingency. Finished only shortly before his death in 1992, Composition in Retrospect completes the documentation of Cage's thought that began with his classic book Silence (1961), but it is an introduction and invitation to his work as much as a summary or conclusion. Also included in this volume (at Cage's request) is Themes and Variations, a piece written in 1982 about friends and heroes such as Jasper Johns, Buckminster Fuller, Marcel Duchamp and Erik Satie. Together these pieces form a book that is both a testament to the artists Cage admired, and a clear statement of his own ars poetica.


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