The first “key” player who composed music geared toward toy pianos. John Cage was an American composer, philosopher, poet, music theorist, artist, printmaker, and amateur mycologist. A pioneer of chance music, electronic music, and non-standard use of musical instruments, he was a leading figure of the post-war avant-garde, initiating a new trend in music. Critics have lauded him as one of the most influential American composers of the 20th century.
The John Cage Trust (JCT), an organization created to oversee the use of the published and unpublished work of one of the 20th-century’s most important composers, writers, and artists, has become a permanent resident organization at Bard College.