Posted by Dianne Nicolini on December 15, 2010

American composer John Cage’s iconic 4′33”  is climbing up the charts in Britain.  Fairly surprising for a piece that actually contains no music, only silence! The ironic artistic statement from the 50’s has become a rallying cry for Brits who object to the manipulation of the national music charts by the likes of  Simon Cowell.  The story is right here.

John Cage

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  1. Thank you for this Diane!!

    I am currently doing an essay on John Cage (due Friday) and this really helps.

    As much as I dislike his music, his ideas were interesting. Some people believe that 4′33 silent, but this is wrong. The purpose of the piece was to show that noise is music, and the noises coming from the audience was the music itself!

    Comment by Danny — December 15, 2010 @ 8:12 pm

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