On Sep 5, 2007, at 3:18 PM, Schiffel, Jeffrey A wrote:
> Leo J.Obrst wrote:
>>> This sounds like John Cage's 4'33", and is legitimate. I
>> "heard" it at Oberlin College in the late 60s.
> Chris Menzel replied:
>> Surely you don't want those scare quotes, Leo! Seems to me
>> you heard Cage's piece in exactly the same sense in which
>> you'd have heard a Bach partita.
> Oddly, I also heard it at Oberlin in the late 60s. By that time,
> John Cage had moved from being an avant-garde composer into
> philosophy of music.
> Clearly, there was nothing to hear for 4'33". (01)
Nonetheless, you heard *the piece*. If there is a 2-bar rest in the
middle of the first movement of a symphony, say, you don't stop
hearing the symphony during the silence. Cage's piece pushes that
fact to the limit. (02)
> While the undergrads were intrigued, most everyone else thought it
> a little silly, and performance art rather than musical art. (03)
Good luck with that distinction. :-) (04)
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