>the un-silence of silence

>There are many significant musical works of the 20th century. Perhaps none more important than John Cage’s 4’33” Here is a wonderful performance of the seminal work:

And if you are wondering why the heck did Cage write such a piece, here he explains:

I do not know what I think of Cage’s philosophy. Much of my favorite art is 20th century abstract work, so I like Cage’s too. But I don’t know if I think it is music, or if is just sound that I like. I also don’t entirely agree with him that his sounds are merely sounds with no meaning or internal connection. To me his work seems both inner and outer, but maybe not is the same way we are used to more conventional art. Regardless, it speaks to his genius that compositions many decades old can still be considered avant garde.

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