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Searching for Silence

On August 29, 1952, David Tudor walked onto the stage of the Maverick Concert Hall, near Woodstock, New York, sat down at the piano, and, for four and a half minutes, made no sound. He was performing “4’33″,’’ a conceptual work by John Cage. It has been called the “silent piece,” but its purpose is to make people listen.

Continue reading the full New Yorker story by John Ross here.