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2012-13 ‘Glee’ Season to Include John Cage’s 4’33”

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New York (AP) – In a radical departure from its bread and butter, in its upcoming season the hit TV series Glee will feature the avant-garde music 4’33” by twentieth-century composer John Cage, consisting entirely of the incidental sounds occurring in the concert hall at the time of the performance.

The show, about the relationships and growth of a group of fictional high school musical performers, is entering its fifth season, and generally relies on popular songs and classic Broadway show tunes for its musical material. There are also a handful of original compositions in its repertory. But this foray into the conceptual classical music genre represents uncharted territory for the Fox network drama.

The songs featured in each weekly Glee episode are made available for online purchase and download during the week that episode is set to air, and it is unclear how the audience will react to a file that contains no intentional sounds, let alone the tonal music it has come to expect. The episode containing the Cage piece, by far his most famous, is set to air in October. Cage died in 1992.

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Written by Thag

August 21, 2012 at 9:03 pm

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  1. I’d love to see and hear this!


    August 21, 2012 at 9:17 pm

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