John Milton Cage Jr. (September 5, 1912 – August 12, 1992) wis an American componer, muisic theorist, writer, filosofer, an airtist. A pioneer o indeterminacy in muisic, electroacoustic muisic, an non-staundart uise o muisical instruments, Cage wis ane o the leadin feegurs o the post-war avant-garde. Creetics hae laudit him as ane o the maist influential American componers o the 20t century.[1][2][3][4]

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  1. Pritchett and Kuhn, Grove Online: "He has had a greater impact on music in the 20th century than any other American composer."
  2. "John Cage, 79, a Minimalist Enchanted With Sound, Dies". New York Times. August 13, 1992. Retrieved July 21, 2007. John Cage, the prolific and influential composer whose Minimalist works have long been a driving force in the world of music, dance and art, died yesterday at St. Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan. He was 79 years old and lived in Manhattan.
  3. Leonard, George J. (1995). Into the Light of Things: The Art of the Commonplace from Wordsworth to John Cage. University of Chicago Press. p. 120 ("...when Harvard University Press called him, in a 1990 book advertisement, "without a doubt the most influential composer of the last half-century," amazingly, that was too modest."). ISBN 978-0-226-47253-9.
  4. Greene, David Mason (2007). Greene's Biographical Encyclopedia of Composers. Reproducing Piano Roll Fnd. p. 1407 ("[...] John Cage is probably the most influential ... of all American composers to date."). ISBN 978-0-385-14278-6.