4'33'' - Sounds Like Silence
Jan Thoben, Dörte Schmidt (Text by), Julia H. Schröder (Text by), David Toop (Text by), Inke Arns (Editor, Text by), Dieter Daniels (Editor, Text by), Hans-Friedrich Bormann (Contribution by), John Cage (Contribution by), Kyle Gann (Contribution by), Branden Joseph (Contribution by), Brandon LaBelle (Text by), William Letterman (Contribution by)
John Cage's (1912-92) 4'33" premiered on August 29, 1952, distilling the composer's philosophical explorations of silence into four minutes, thirty-three seconds of performed, charged silence. Elegantly, provocatively, the piece asked: what does silence sound like?Cage's questions about the nature of silence and sound continue to reverberate decades later; this volume--the most comprehensive on the piece to date--brings together new theoretical writings and artistic works exploring Cage's composition. A wide-ranging list of contributors, contemporary and historical--from Merce Cunningham to Rage Against the Machine--weigh in on Cage's work alongside Cage's original scores and the composer's own subsequent engagements with his most famous piece.
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