John Cage pushed classical music’s limits. He stuck screws and weather stripping into pianos, composed a silent piece, and chose notes at random based on ancient Chinese divination. The Ransom Center holds Cage correspondence in several different collections. These letters reveal Cage’s early efforts to establish a center for experimental music, his mushroom expertise, his friendships, and his vision for classical music. Read more about the letters of this leading figure of experimental music.
About Elana Estrin
Estrin was a features writer at the Ransom Center where she wrote newsletter articles, blog posts, Q&As, press releases, and worked with the media. She has written about the arts and culture for The Jerusalem Post, The Strad magazine, The Forward, and The Daily Texan.