publishes first Czech translation of a book by John Cage: "Silence"

John Cage

Official book launch: 24 February 2011, 6 pm
tranzitdisplay, Dittrichova 9, Prague 2

Silence is a seminal compilation of writings by American avant-garde composer, poet and artist John Cage. Despite the fact that this pioneer of experimental and electronic music visited Czechoslovakia as far back as 1964, and despite his considerable fame and the fact that his books are considered core reading for fine arts and music academies, none of John Cage’s publications have ever been translated and published in the Czech Republic until now.

American composer John Cage (1912-1992) was one of the biggest names when it came to the evolution of 20th century music. His influence even spread into various other art forms (dance, theatre, poetry, visual arts, film), where his impulses were put to great use. The radical parting from the European music tradition and even from the up until then common understanding of art was characteristic for his works. After the initial experiments in finding new sounds, John Cage found himself in the early 1950s maturing into a rather distinctive conception of music that strived to bridge the gap between Art and life. He emphasizes the role of focus in art perception and points out the fact that even silence is still full of sounds (which we usually fail to notice). His opinions, summarized and published in Silence (1961), influenced the spiritual climate of the era and helped many other artists find new paths (different from their own).

The book launch event will offer renditions of John Cage’s Chorals (1978), 4’33” (1952) and Four6 (1992) played by the fama Q and Ronald Šebesta  and  Dr. Martin Erdmann (de) lecture with performative extracts from John Cage’s Silence (Variations VIII, Lecture on nothing…).

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