Good morning everybody!
In today's edition of the 'Songs of the Day,' segment, I'm going to forego posting a classical piece, since Audrey was kind enough to share her take on some compositions by renowned Hungarian composer, Franz Liszt.
So, in lieu of that, I'm going to share an extra experimental piece!
So, without further ado (ok, maybe a little bit more ado--but just a little bit, I promise!)...
John Cage's "4'33"
This is one of the most famous (and infuriating) pieces by famous experimental composer, John Cage. Written in 1952, the score explicitly instructs the soloist not to play his or her instrument at any time during the course of the piece's three movements. Instead, the 'music' heard consists of the natural sounds of the audience, and any background noise created by whatever is in the room. The piece is as much a piece of avant-garde sound art as it is a piece of true music--it is meant to educe the audience's considerations as to what music is? Can anything be music? Can silence be art? Is silence as vital as the quality and volume of notes played? Cage explores all of these questions. Below is a video of a performance of the piece. I won't post a Spotify link as having your headphones in for four and a half minutes of silence seems a tad silly, no?
Mose Allison's "I Don't Worry About A Thing"
Little Richard's "Lucille"
Little Richard was one of the founding fathers of rock 'n' roll, and this track exemplifies a lot of the innovations and stylistic changes he brought to the genre--notably the walloping, yawping vocals and, perhaps even more importantly, the evening out of the swing--by this I mean Little Richard took the swung, lilting rhythms of the blues and flattened them into a direct, straightforward, fast 4/4 beat. What he created was a new idiom for music--a style that everybody from the Beatles to the Ramones to Kanye West would adopt.
Have a rockin' Thursday, everybody!