On one occasion, Schoenberg asked a girl in his class to go to the piano and play the first movement of a Beethoven sonata, which was afterwards to be analyzed. She said, “It is too difficult. I can’t play it.” Schoenberg said, “You’re a pianist, aren’t you?” She said, “Yes.” He said, “Then go to the piano.” She did. She had no sooner begun playing than he stopped her to say that she was not playing at the proper tempo. She said that if she played at the proper tempo, she would make mistakes. He said, “Play at the proper tempo and do not make mistakes.” She began again, and he stopped her immediately to say that she was making mistakes. She then burst into tears and between sobs explained that she had gone to the dentist earlier that day and that she’d had a tooth pulled out. He said, “Do you have to have a tooth pulled out in order to make mistakes?”
— John Cage, “Indeterminacy”, in Silence (Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 1961, pp. 265–266).
March 30, 2014 at 5:24pm
the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
March 26, 2014 at 1:06am
A young man in Japan arranged his circumstances so that he was able to travel to a distant island to study Zen with a certain Master for a three-year period. At the end of the three years, feeling no sense of accomplishment, he presented himself to the Master and announced his departure. The Master said, ‘You’ve been here three years. Why don’t you stay three months more?’ The student agreed, but at the end of the three months he still felt that he had made no advance. When he told the Master again that he was leaving, the Master said, ‘Look now, you’ve been here three years and three months. Stay three weeks longer.’ The student did, but with no success. When he told the Master that absolutely nothing had happened, the Master said, ‘You’ve been here three years, three months, and three weeks. Stay three more days, and if, at the end of that time, you have not attained enlightenment, commit suicide.’ Towards the end of the second day, the student was enlightened.
— in John Cage, Silence. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 1961, p. 6.
This ‘Lecture on Nothing’ was written in the same rhythmic structure I employed at the time in my musical compositions ( Sonatas and Interludes, Three Dances, etc.). One of the structural divisions was the repetition, some fourteen times, of a single page in which occurred the refrain, ‘If anyone is sleepy let him go to sleep.’ Jeanne Reynal, I remember, stood up part way through, screamed, and then said, while I continued speaking, “John, I dearly love you, but I can’t bear another minute.’
— John Cage, ‘Foreword’. In: Silence. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 1973, ix.
March 8, 2014 at 4:18pm
em caso de incêndio, flutue serenamente sobre as escadas
March 7, 2014 at 10:55am
pequenos protestos (em Rua Fortunato)
December 16, 2013 at 10:20am
frança. pinto. (em Rua França Pinto)
olha, eu tenho um pedaço do topo do monte Fuji
November 30, 2013 at 3:25pm
padaria ~madame~ (em Padaria Madame)
November 24, 2013 at 2:50pm
um cavalo feiinho, porém simpático