EC=JC2: John Cage as exemplary creator
Frankfurt Journal of Musicology, 5, (S), .
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In his 1993 book Creating Minds, psychologist Howard Gardner analyzes the conditions that maintained in the early lives of such major cultural figures as Freud, Einstein, Picasso, Stravinsky, and Eliot. Extrapolating from the common ground he identifies between these figures, Gardner ultimately paints a 'Portrait of the Exemplary Creator. In this paper, I argue that John Cage is, by virtue both of his particular background and his extraordinary achievements, to a very considerable degree of archetypal example of such an 'exemplary creator'. As such, Cage therefore deserves to be placed not at the margins, but rather - like the subjects of Gardner's book - at the center of our understanding of modern culture.
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