I was browsing YouTube the other day when I chanced upon this unforgettable performance by David Tudor:
In the 60-odd years since John Cage's 4'33" was (cough) written, the controversy has abated somewhat, although it remains a difficult and risky work to perform. What I always notice is that the beauty of 4'33" lies in its stillness, something that is too often forgotten in the conception of music as a marketable product.
Music comes out of stillness and silence.
Silence is the origin of music, its ground of being.
Happy April Fool's Day, everyone!