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celeste

The first reference to 4'33" came about in a talk that Cage gave at Vassar College in 1947 or 1948. It was part of an interdisciplinary conference, coming at the time when he was beginning his study of oriental philosophy. He said that there ought to be a piece that had no sounds in it. Although the germ of an idea was there, it would be five years before he would actually write it. The next year Cage wrote that he wanted to "compose a piece of uninterrupted silence and sell it to Muzak Co. It will be three or four and a half minutes in length -- those being the standard lengths of 'canned music' -- and its title will be Silent Prayer."

Some interpretations of 4'33" are all about how he wanted people to really listen to sounds around them, like a precursor to Deep Listening. But maybe he just wanted a break from all the intentional sounds that are being thrown at us constantly. Here, have a moment of peace and quiet and non-intention. Or maybe he just hated Muzak. Who doesn't?

celeste

sorry. forgot a link on the quote: http://music.research.home.att.net/4min33se.htm

PHIL

IM TRYING TO FIND INFO ON A PICTURE TITLE WALL TO WALL JOHN CAGE. BY ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG ANYONE WITH INFO PLEASE CONTACT ME THANKS PHIL

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