Winning entry of 4' 33"

Congratulations to Yannick Mayaud who entered Edition Peters' competition to compose an original version of John Cage's 4'33" in his centenary year.  For those of you who don't know it,  it was composed in 1952 for any instrument (or combination of instruments), and the score instructs the performer not to play the instrument during the entire duration of the piece throughout the three movements (which, for the first performance, were divided into thirty seconds for the first, two minutes and twenty-three seconds for the second, and one minute and forty seconds for the third). The idea is that it is 4 minutes and 33 seconds of whatever you hear around you - although many consider this to be silence.

Yannick's entry is below, followed by a televised version in 2006 (full orchestral version).  Which one do you prefer?




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