Tag Archives: John Cage

Caged in: in discussion with the 20th century’s guru of music and life

Reading John Cage leads one to question the purpose behind any musical pursuits, particularly composition. “And what is the purpose of writing music? One is, of course, not dealing with purposes but dealing with sounds. Or the answer must take the form of paradox: a purposelessness or a purposeless play.” On first reading, Cage has […]

What’s being said about music: Part 1

I’d like to begin by thanking Dom for inviting me to write for the Dormitory. If I could introduce myself briefly, my name is John Henderson, and I am currently working on my Masters of Music in composition at The Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. 
In my few years of studying music in a university setting, I’ve […]