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Q&A 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 "conduc...

1 answer  ·  posted 6mo ago by TextKit‭  ·  last activity 6mo ago by gmcgath‭

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#3: Post edited by user avatar TextKit‭ · 2022-05-21T05:33:48Z (6 months ago)
  • At [1:45](https://youtu.be/AWVUp12XPpU?t=105), 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](https://youtu.be/rDgHUj8sJaQ?t=16) (video from [Kyle Shaw B.M. Brigham Young University, 2013. M.M. University of Illinois 2015.](https://www.iwu.edu/music/faculty/shaw.html)).
  • ![Image alt text](https://music.codidact.com/uploads/6sZfLcwh26sxSMgCUG4WoTnU)
  • At [1:45](https://youtu.be/AWVUp12XPpU?t=105), 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](https://youtu.be/HypmW4Yd7SY?t=253), and/or [smartphone](https://youtu.be/rDgHUj8sJaQ?t=16) (video from [Kyle Shaw B.M. Brigham Young University, 2013. M.M. University of Illinois 2015.](https://www.iwu.edu/music/faculty/shaw.html)).
  • ![Image alt text](https://music.codidact.com/uploads/6sZfLcwh26sxSMgCUG4WoTnU)
#2: Post edited by user avatar TextKit‭ · 2022-05-21T05:32:19Z (6 months ago)
  • At [1:45](https://youtu.be/AWVUp12XPpU?t=105), Kirill Petrenko has the paper score for 4'33" opened on his conductor stand. But his use of sheet music feels guileful and uncandid for 4'33". Can't a competent conductor "conduct" 4'33" from memory? All a competent conductor TRULY needs, is a timer or stopwatch, on his/her smartphone.
  • ![Image alt text](https://music.codidact.com/uploads/6sZfLcwh26sxSMgCUG4WoTnU)
  • At [1:45](https://youtu.be/AWVUp12XPpU?t=105), 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](https://youtu.be/rDgHUj8sJaQ?t=16) (video from [Kyle Shaw B.M. Brigham Young University, 2013. M.M. University of Illinois 2015.](https://www.iwu.edu/music/faculty/shaw.html)).
  • ![Image alt text](https://music.codidact.com/uploads/6sZfLcwh26sxSMgCUG4WoTnU)
#1: Initial revision by user avatar TextKit‭ · 2022-05-21T05:18:00Z (6 months ago)
Why do you need sheet music of John Cage's 4′33″ to perform it? 
At [1:45](https://youtu.be/AWVUp12XPpU?t=105), Kirill Petrenko has the paper score for 4'33" opened on his conductor stand. But his use of sheet music feels guileful and uncandid for  4'33". Can't a competent conductor "conduct" 4'33" from memory? All a competent conductor TRULY needs, is a timer or stopwatch, on his/her smartphone. 

![Image alt text](https://music.codidact.com/uploads/6sZfLcwh26sxSMgCUG4WoTnU)