Dienstag, 16. Juni 2015

John Cage: Afternote to LECTURE ON NOTHING

In keeping with the thought expressed above that a discussion is nothing more than an entertainment, I prepared six answers for the first six questions asked, regardless of what they were. In 1949 or '50, when the lecture was first delivered (at the Artists' Club as described in the Foreword), there were six questions. In 1960, however, when the speech was delivered for the second time, the audience got the point after two questions and, not wishing to be entertained, refrained from asking anything more.
The answers are:
  1. That is a very good question. I should not want to spoil it with an answer.
  2. My head wants to ache.
  3. Had you heard Marya Freund last April in Palermo singing Arnold Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, I doubt whether you would ask that question.
  4. According to the Farmers' Almanac this is False Spring.
  5. Please repeat the question …
    And again …
    And again …
  6. I have no more answers.
(John Cage, Silence. Lecture on Nothing; in: Silence. Lectures and writings by John Cage, Hanover / New England 1961, S. 126).

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