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To introduce a newly discovered John Cage work, CalArts makes much of 'Minimalism means'

To introduce a newly discovered John Cage work, CalArts makes much of 'Minimalism means'

Little about Minimalism in music is and never has been minimal. Unlike seemingly related reductive approaches to visual art and literature, music's Minimalism has proven deceptively all-inclusive, its supposed simple means opening a huge world of possibilities, analogous in a way to Einstein having come up with a pithy equation to describe the all-encompassing effects of gravity in his general theory of relativity.

Still, it might seem a stretch to chose, as the Ensemble at CalArts did Thursday night at REDCAT, a program called "Minimalist means" in which to spring the news of a recently discovered small score by John Cage. But in a convoluted way — and Minimalism...

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