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A conversation about John Cage’s 4’33″ on The Marketplace of Ideas this Thursday

gannThis week on The Marketplace of Ideas, Colin Marshall talks to musicologist, writer, microtonal composer and educator Kyle Gann, author of No Such Thing as Silence: John Cage’s 4’33″. The former new music critic at the Village Voice, Gann turns his eye and ear in the book to Cage’s most well-known composition, four minutes and 33 seconds in which no notes are played. Famous and infamous in equal measure, 4’33″ has been variously considered a work of genius, a game-changing musical revelation and a charlatan’s publicity stunt.

The Marketplace of Ideas airs every Thursday, five minutes after noon.