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Tuesday, January 13, 2004

BBC To Broadcast Silent Orchestra

BBC: BBC to broadcast silent orchestra

The BBC is to broadcast a live radio performance of an orchestra playing four-and-a-half minutes of silence. John Cage's seminal work 4'33" will be the highlight of a concert on Radio 3. The piece consists of four minutes and 33 seconds' worth of nothing.

The work has never been performed by an orchestra or broadcast on national radio in the UK before. TV viewers will be able to tune into BBC Four an hour later and watch the orchestra "performing" the piece.


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I think the idea of the piece is that the "music" is created from the sounds of the silence...the noises of the audience, etc. Or something like that. :)

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