The 4’33” Playlist

So in honor of J. Cage, born Sept. 5, 1912, there is this meme going around called the 4’33” playlist. It is pretty fun, especially since you get to snoop at other people’s music collections (much more telling than their bookshelves).  Likely impossibilities has a bunch of enviable opera tracks and proudly states that she and Alex Ross have two in common. Boulezian has a pretty eclectic mix of classical as well. At this point I was beginning to wonder if I was the only one who was once a teenager until I saw Nine Inch Nails and Hendrix over at 2’33′. One does wonder at the absence of Cage–are there no recordings of 4’33” ? There is an album by the same title 4’33” over at Amazon but, oddly enough, of the 6 versions (takes? transcriptions? interpretations? ) the longest is 2:46. One wonders, are they reader’s digest abridged versions, or is the performer just taking faster tempi? I’m not really too interested in getting into all of that at the moment. I will say this though–I don’t share a track with ANYBODY!!!

And I’ll tell you what, it doesn’t get much more random (aleatory?) than that playlist, I guess they all wish they had my collection….no?  Anyway, Happy Birthday Maestro, Requiscat in Pace

5 Responses to “The 4’33” Playlist”

  1. on 04 Sep 2010 at 5:57 pmStuart

    I’ve got the dry cleaner from des moines too…

  2. on 04 Sep 2010 at 6:20 pmadmin

    Nice! Your list is impressive although I am not sure that J.C. would have dug Hall and Oates….

  3. on 21 Sep 2010 at 7:37 amAdamleibo

    4’33” is in three movements – so no single track 4’33′ long

  4. on 21 Sep 2010 at 8:21 amadmin

    Good point! and after looking into the piece a little more, one of the published editions states that the “work may be performed by (any) instrumentalist or combination of instrumentalists and last any length of time” which also (theoretically) explains the discrepancy, as well as why all movements of this add up to less than 4’33′. Apparently at the premiere the timings were, for each movement, 33″, 2′40″ and 1′20″ but considered open to artistic interpretation.

  5. on 21 Sep 2010 at 3:19 pmAdamleibo

    I’ve posted my list to the facebook group “4′ 33″


    Nice to see Marley, Elvis, Dylan, and the Clash on the same playlist as Beethoven, Shoenberg, Legeti and Puccini.

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