Why do you need sheet music of John Cage's 4′33″ to perform it?
At 1:45, Kirill Petrenko has the paper score for 4'33" opened on his conductor stand. But use of sheet music feels guileful and uncandid for 4'33". Can't a competent conductor or musician "conduct" or "perform" 4'33" "from memory"? All a competent conductor or musician TRULY needs — is a time, or stopwatch, and/or smartphone (video from Kyle Shaw B.M. Brigham Young University, 2013. M.M. University of Illinois 2015.).
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|General Sebast1an||(no comment)||Oct 27, 2022 at 13:01|
Obviously you don't need it. You don't need to have an instrument. Technically, you don't need to do anything. The point of "performing" 4'33" is to create an atmosphere. To do this, performers generally follow the conventions of performing a piece, such as sitting at an instrument, turning the pages, and bowing at the end. Without them, the audience wouldn't know anything special was happening.
Some people consider 4'33" a way to get the audience to focus on the ambience which they normally don't pay attention to. Others consider it all a joke. Either way, it has to be set up to work.
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