It was composed infor any instrument or combination of instruments, and the score instructs the performer s not to play their instrument s during the entire duration of the piece throughout the three movements.
The piece consists of the sounds of the environment that the listeners hear while it is performed,  although it is commonly perceived as "four minutes thirty-three seconds of silence". The Duet for Two Flutescomposed when Cage was 22, opens with silence, and silence was an important structural element in some of the Sonatas and Interludes —48Music Mature no 433 Changes and Two Pastorales Furthermore, in his songs The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs and A Flower Cage directs the pianist to play a closed instrument, which Mature no 433 be understood as a metaphor of silence.
The first time Cage mentioned the idea of a piece composed entirely of silence was during a or lecture at Vassar CollegeA Composer's Confessions. Cage told the audience that he had "several new desires", one of which was.
It will be three or four-and-a-half minutes long—those being the standard lengths of "canned" music and its title will be Silent Prayer.
It will open with a single idea which I will attempt to make as seductive as the color and shape and fragrance of a flower.
The ending will approach imperceptibility.
At the time, however, Cage felt that such a piece would be "incomprehensible in the Western context," and was reluctant to write it down: I wanted to mean it utterly and be able to live with it. InCage visited the anechoic chamber at Harvard University. An anechoic chamber is a room designed in such a way that the walls, ceiling and floor absorb all sounds made in the room, rather than reflecting them as echoes.
Such a chamber is also externally sound-proofed. Cage entered the chamber expecting to hear silence, but he Mature no 433 later, "I heard two sounds, one high and one low.
When I described them to the engineer in charge, he informed me that the high one was my nervous system in Mature no 433, the low one my blood in circulation. And they will continue following my death. One need not fear about the future of music.
Another cited influence  for this piece came from the field of the visual arts.
Cage's friend and sometimes colleague Robert Rauschenberg had produced, ina series of white paintings, seemingly "blank" canvases though painted with white house paint that in fact change according to varying light conditions in the rooms in which they were hung, the shadows of people in the room and so on. This inspired Cage to use a similar idea, Mature no 433 he later stated, "Actually what pushed me into it was not guts but the example of Robert Rauschenberg.
His white paintings [ Otherwise I'm lagging, otherwise music Mature no 433 lagging'. The white paintings came first; my silent piece came later. Examples include the following:. Since the Romantic Era composers have been striving to produce music that could be separated from any social connections, transcending the boundaries of time and space.
In automatism, composers wish to completely remove both the composers and the artist from the process of creation. This is motivated by the belief that what we Mature no 433 of as "self-expression" is really just an infusion of the art with the social standards that we have been subjected to since birth.
Therefore, the only way to achieve truth is to remove the artist Mature no 433 the process of creation. Cage achieves that by employing chance e. The audience saw him sit at the piano and, to mark the beginning of the piece, close the keyboard lid. Some time later he opened it briefly, to mark the end of the first movement.
This process was Mature no 433 for the second and third movements. The piece remains controversial to this day, and is seen as challenging the very definition of music.
First, the choice of a prestigious venue and the social status of the composer and the performers automatically heightens audience's expectations for the piece. It is not easy to get a large group of people to listen to ambient Mature no 433 for nearly five minutes, unless they are regulated by the concert hall etiquette.
According to Cage, duration is the essential building block of all of music. This distinction is motivated by the fact that duration is the only element shared by both silence and sound.
As a result, the underlying structure of any musical piece consists of an organized sequence of "time buckets". In the spirit of his teacher Schoenberg Mature no 433, Cage managed to emancipate the silence and the noise to make it an acceptable or perhaps even integral part of his music composition.
The third point is that the work of music is defined not only by its content but also by the behavior it elicits from the audience.
Since the piece consists of exclusively ambient noise, the audience's behavior, their whispers and movements, are essential elements that fill the above-mentioned time buckets. Several versions of the score exist: There is some discrepancy between the lengths of individual movements of the premiere performance, specified in different versions of the score.
The causes of this discrepancy are not currently understood, the original manuscript being still lost. The directions originally consisted of one sentence: The second performance added four new qualifications to the directions: As in all number pieces"One" refers to the number of performers required.
The score instructs the Mature no 433 to build a sound system in the concert hall, so that "the whole hall is on the edge of feedbackwithout actually feeding back. Frank Zappa recorded it as part of A Chance Operation: The performance was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, and one of the main challenges was that the station's emergency backup systems are designed to switch on and play music whenever apparent silence dead air lasting longer than a preset duration is detected.
They had to be switched off for this performance. A tongue-in-cheek version was recorded by the staff of the UK Guardian newspaper on January 16, Inthe work was voted to be number 40 in the ABC Mature no 433 Classic piano countdown. A silence of four minutes and thirty-three seconds appears as the penultimate track of the Living Colour album The Chair in the Doorway.
A second performance took place on December 12, On November 17,The Late Show with Stephen Colbert uploaded a video of this piece being performed by a catshowing that its performer isn't required to be human. The campaign received support from several celebrities.
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It first came into prominence after it was mentioned by British science writer Ben Goldacre on his Twitter profile. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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