The Museum of Modern Art Acquires Score for the Strangest Musical Composition of All Time

If you don’t know about John Cage’s “4’33″‘ (pronounced “four minutes and thirty-three seconds), go here before you read any further.  I’ll wait.


Got that?  Not only can you purchase sheet music of this composition, you can also buy a, uh, recording on iTunes for 99 cents.  And before you ask, yes, people have “covered” it, too.  In fact, one guy was sued by Cage’s estate for releasing a similar composition–and they won.

This brings me to the Museum of Modern Art’s recent purchase of an original score for “4’33”.” I have no idea what the purchase price was, but it was extreme.  But then again, what price nothing?

Now that you’re up to date, please enjoy this performance.

(Via New York Times)

Alan Cross

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