Modern Experimental Music: Glass, Cage & Use of Silence

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Which of these composers was amongst the first to begin experimenting with modern music?

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1. What is a prepared piano?

2. What was John Cage's purpose in having musicians not play any music on stage during his 1952 composition 4'33?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Details covered in the quiz/worksheet include prepared pianos, characteristics of modern experimental music, and key figures in the modern experimental movement.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments focus on:

  • A composer who was among the first to start experimenting with modern music
  • Definition of a prepared piano
  • Cage's reason for having his musicians play nothing for his 4'3'' composition
  • Philip Glass' use of repetitive, drawn-out melodies
  • Traits of modern experimental music

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about significant modern experimental composers
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding prepared pianos
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can review information regarding qualities of modern experimental music and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

See what else you're able to learn with the lesson Modern Experimental Music: Glass, Cage & Use of Silence. Use this lesson as a tool to further your awareness of:

  • How modern experimental music came to be
  • Key factors in the modern experimental movement
  • Ground modern experimental composition has broken
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