Observations: Finally, John Cage joins the musical mainstream

Jessica Duchen writes as follows:

He has been termed music's greatest iconoclast. But in his centenary year, is John Cage going mainstream?

The composer's Musicircus airs at Aldeburgh Festival tonight; later this summer, a whole evening at the Proms is devoted to his works. Yet in his lifetime (1912-1992), struggling for a living, Cage (right) would have regarded this outcome with incredulity. His outlook could scarcely have been more different from Britten's, on whose territory Aldeburgh is founded.


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