The Discovery of Slowness
Here’s a small cut out of a fascinating piece “As Slow as Possible” by composer John Cage.
It’s currently being performed in Halberstadt, Germany and lasts an incredible 639 years.
When checking out the score consider this: the smallest unit is one month. Each determined tone change takes place on the 5th day of the relevant month. ***Recommendation: quarter-note staccato: length 2 months, quarter-note without staccato: length 4 months.***
Equally fascinating is how this piece has generated so much attention. Apparently, back in 2006, thousands came to the city to witness a scheduled note change. I love it.
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