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  1. Paul Beaudoin, PHD 31 August 2018 at 8:35 am | | Reply

    I wish I had my books with me to check but I well remember that Cage spoke of the courage he received in composing 4’33” after seeing Rauschenberg’s White Paintings. Here it is:

    “To Whom It May Concern: The white paintings came first; my silent piece came later.”

    John Cage: Preface to “On Robert Rauschenberg, artist, and his work.”
    In: Silence. Lectures and Writings by John Cage.
    Middletown, Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press, 1973, p. 98.

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