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  1. Anonymous 19 March 2015 at 9:13 pm | | Reply

    Where is the source of your quote regarding the Monod question raised to Cage? I doubt Monod ever met Cage nor had any interest in Cage’s music.

  2. Anonymous 20 March 2015 at 8:23 pm | | Reply

    Thank you for replying with the reference. Evidently your source appears genuine: if Cage knew J.-L. Monod – and unbeknownst to me – there has never been any indication in the many years which I knew and studied under Monod that he was ever remotely interested in Cage’s music, since both were diametrically opposite in their interpretation of the music of their common Master, namely Schoenberg. In fact Monod – who took Schoenberg’s musical legacy to another direction – has been dismissive of Cage’s music – which I now consider somewhat premature, given Cage’s exhaustive examination and explorations of Schoenberg’s music and “inventiveness”. Although there has been ongoing “musical and personal differences” between Monod and Boulez since their time (1940s) studying under Leibowitz, this interesting anecdotal story on the other hand between Cage and Monod merits further attention and historical inquiry.

  3. Anonymous 20 March 2015 at 9:03 pm | | Reply

    Further, if Cage had written to Boulez as early as 1950, this date implies Cage had known or met Monod either immediately after Monod had relocated to NYC (1950) or he met Monod in Paris. Also, Monod had never had a conversation with Boulez, although both attended Messiaen’s classes on harmony and analysis at the Conservatoire. Thus it is surprising that Cage would even consider writing to Boulez regarding Monod’s supposed “scandalized” reaction to Boulez’ article in Contrepoints, since Monod may likely have been disinterested in Boulez’ work at the time (remember that in 1950 and earlier, Boulez has yet to make his mark in avant-garde circles as the “enfant terrible”). Again the 1950 letter from Cage to Boule regarding Monod’s supposed reaction to Cage’s Quartet is intriguing and deserves further inquiry.

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