Protest, progress, and (Im)possible Music

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A contextual analysis of three compositions—One anti-personnel type-CBU bomb . . . by Philip Corner, ‘Majority’ by Charles Ives, and Lecture on the Weather by John
Cage—reveals that each is ‘impossible’. Each manifests its impossibility in a different domain: moral, physical and perceptual. But the three scores were each resituated by comments made by the composers, independent of the scores; and these comments make these ‘experimental’ works viable as expressions of aspiration rather than mere achievements.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405-411
Number of pages7
JournalContemporary Music Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010

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  • Cage
  • Ives
  • Corner
  • Experimentalism
  • American Music
  • Analysis
  • Political Music

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