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Jan. 24th, 2009 | 08:17 am
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I knew of John Cage's 4'33" (Four minutes, thirty-three seconds), but I'd never seen it performed.

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I am pleased to learn (thanks, Wikipedia!) that there exists a sequel, 0'00", a.k.a. 4'33" No. 2.:
In 1962, Cage wrote 0'00", which is also referred to as 4'33" No. 2. The directions originally consisted of one sentence: "In a situation provided with maximum amplification, perform a disciplined action." The first performance had Cage write that sentence.

The second performance added four new qualifications to the directions: "the performer should allow any interruptions of the action, the action should fulfill an obligation to others, the same action should not be used in more than one performance, and should not be the performance of a musical composition."*
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from: mayorjim
date: Jan. 25th, 2009 04:02 am (UTC)

Back when I was in college, I was browsing through the music library and found the sheet music for 4'33". Yes, they actually published and sold sheet music for it!

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from: triple_entendre
date: Jan. 26th, 2009 01:07 am (UTC)


Also interesting if slightly less excellent: at least one person was sued -- and lost -- for plagiarism of it....

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from: yangenigma
date: Jan. 28th, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)

Interesting - I didn't know there was a sequel...

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