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Rain, Blow, Rustle

Nick Richardson: John Cage

19 August 2010
No Such Thing As Silence: John Cage’s 4'33" 
by Kyle Gann.
Yale, 255 pp., £16.99, April 2010, 978 0 300 13699 9
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... be something to listen to, was the final nudge. Two weeks before the Maverick concert, with Tudor’s encouragement, Cage prepared the first score for 4’33”. The former Village Voice critic KyleGann’s new book traces the ‘multiplicity of routes’ by which Cage arrived at his great statement. Most of them, as he shows, were there in the programme for the Woodstock concert, laid out like the ...

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