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John Cage talked about the inspiration behind his piece 4’33”: “To Whom It May Concern: The white paintings came first; my silent piece came later”. Cage’s 4’33” (1952) was conceived with the idea that any sound may constitute music. It was inspired by Robert Rauschenberg’s White Paintings (1951). It is a three-movement composition in which the performer does not play the instrument during the entire duration of the piece. The piece reframes the sounds of the environment that the listeners hear while it is performed. Our new version with poetry was conceived in 2016 for a performance at @ordovasgallery, where the performer read the newly commissioned poem silently at the piano. The idea was arrived at in this order: silence is musical – silence is poetic – silence is music is poetry.
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