Before 4’33” or indeterminacy, John Cage forged the early identity of percussion music with wildly imaginative and complex creations. He stated that “Percussion music is revolution. Sound and rhythm have too long been submissive to the restrictions of 19th century music.” He was right, he changed that, and we as percussionists are grateful.
First Construction (in metal) (1939)
But what about the noise of crumpling paper… (1985)
The city wears a slouch hat (1942)
Good reading: The story of John Cage’s The city wears a slouch hat by James Pritchett