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The Curious Case of Alphonse Allais

The Curious Case of Alphonse Allais

Preceding John Cage’s conception of 4’33” by 50 years, Allais proposed a musical environment in which sound was dictated by silence. This was a revolutionary concept, but even though it would be realized in other pieces it didn’t fully permeate the mainstream until 1952 when David Tudor performed 4’33” for the first time.