Friday, 5 May 2006

Legacy

This piece on a 639-year performance of John Cage's "As Slow as Possible" is fascinating. As the musicologist Heinz-Klaus Metzger was quoted as saying: "To begin a performance with the perspective of more than a half-millennium - it's just a kind of negation of the lifestyle of today."

And it's very fitting that it's being performed in a church. I remember being fascinated by the Dom in Cologne, and being struck by how people were willing to commit themselves to something that would only be completed beyond their lifetimes. And I suppose some aspects of my work have that quality, which is nice.



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