About this playlist
John Cage and Pierre Boulez are two of the most influential composers of the 20th century, and despite very different musical styles and outlooks they were good friends for many years – until their diferences became too great.
If the first half of the 20th century saw the birth of a thousand new trajectories for music, ricocheting off the dead-end after romanticism, the second half of the century is where composers really began to ask fundamental questions about music itself. What is music, let alone classical music? Where does music diverge from sound, or noise? If music written music on a page is never played, or heard, is it still ‘music’? As with many other art forms, music around this time began to get very conceptual, and at the same time, we see continuing developments of the new musical paths forged between 1900 and 1950 – in particular, serialism.