“Kyle Gann: No Such Thing as Silence: John Cage’s 4’33” ”

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“Kyle Gann: No Such Thing as Silence: John Cage’s 4’33” ”
Photograph courtesy Charles Bultman
John Cage painting the New River Watercolor series
On the final day of the National Academy Museum’s exhibit “John Cage: The Sight of Silence,” music scribe Kyle Gann discusses his new book, which focuses on the avant-garde composer’s seminal work 4’33”: a piece conceived of without a single musical note. Apt musical theorist Gann gives a cultural context to the much-criticized work by discussing the philosophical and musical developments that inspired the piece.–Sarah Hucal

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