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What do musicians think of John Cage’s 4’33”?

I think in general musicians think of “4’33” as a significant evolution of classical music and its development.  During its time, John Cage (one of the champions of aleatoric music) pioneered a new type of music that was different than the popular music forms of that time (post romanticism/tonal music, and serialism).

This piece is important, and still important today because it challenges what we should consider as music and what is not.  A lot of Cage’s other pieces are in the same vein.  Although there is much dispute over the theatrics of the piece and it being performed, I think everyone agrees it is a important piece that has affected music of today and philosophical meanings and aesthetics of music.

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