Silence; Lectures and Writings Character Descriptions

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The Author (John Cage)

This person has been referred to as one of the most important composers and one of the most important figures overall in American music in the 20th century, and is most well known for a piece entitled "4'33."

Arnold Schoenberg

This person was a German composer actively working and teaching in the early-mid 20th century and a mentor to the author.

Erik Satie

This person was French composer who was an advocate for new and experimental music and one of the leading proponents of the artistic movement that came to be known as minimalism.

Edgard Varese

This person was composer, who was born in France but worked in America and whose work actively rejected traditional forms of music and incorporated sounds that were/are more commonly referred to as noise.

Merce Cunningham

In the 1940s and 1950s, this person led an innovative, experimental dance...

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