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Five statements on silence by John Cage: Questions, hypotheses, second thoughts

1. Silent prayer [I intend] to compose a piece of uninterrupted silence and sell it to Muzak Co.  It will be 3 or 4½ minutes long—those being the standard lengths of “canned” music—and its title will be Silent Prayer.  It will open with a single idea which I will attempt to make as seductive as […]