The Poetics of Opposition - John Cage’s Amores for Percussion

Presenter: Dr. Thomas DeLio (University of Maryland - College Park), CMS book author

During this session, Dr. DeLio focuses upon a topic covered briefly in his book The Amores of John Cage. The concept of oppositional poetics was important throughout the 20th century in all the arts. This is the notion that unity in an artistic work can be achieved through the juxtaposition of very different materials and methods of composition. We see this approach championed by many composers in addition to Cage. This is itself an opposition to more traditional linear thinking that has guided much creative work.