JOHN CAGE: Finally … joins the musical mainstream

Jessica Duchen writes ...

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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