In response to some comments and suggestions, I will be doing some more on composers that may not be as familiar to the reader. Not just WHO the composer is, but actually spend some time to dive more deeply into who they seem to be (or were), and why. This is possibly a way to break ground on music that people generally turn away from in a minute (or sometimes seconds!)
Not in the least bit do I think I can completely understand a composer, but without a doubt, John Cage is the most misunderstood/misrepresented composer in the musical arts. There are some less talked about, some less listened to, but for some reason, Cage is seen by many as a heretic that just wanted chaos in music. He’s sometimes, especially to listeners of more tonal music, seen as someone who didn’t like harmony, or rhythm, and destroyed music.
I can give my opinions, but I think honestly that I’ll let his pieces and the best music channel on youtube NewMusicXX, explain for you. If you have NEVER LISTENED TO CAGE, I promise you’ll be surprised.
This one is very (almost too) tonal.
This has a gorgeous melody but some added sounds (turn it up!) with the prepared piano that really make something simple so much more deep. The dissonance encountered, in my opinion, is no more present than in a movie soundtrack.
And then one of my favorites:
Now that wasn’t so bad was it?? LET ME KNOW EITHER WAY!