John Cage's 4'33" performed for snare drum by George Quasha in Barrytown, New York, January 2013.
4’33” is John Cage’s most famous—and controversial—work. Composed in 1952 for any instrument (or combination of instruments), the three-movement score actually instructs the performer NOT to play the instrument for the entire duration of the piece. The first movement is 30 seconds; the second is two minutes and 23 seconds, and the third is one minute and 40 seconds. The work, commonly referred to as “four minutes and thirty-three seconds of silence,” consists only of the sounds of the performance environment.
From February 8-10, 2013, the New World Symphony, Miami Beach, Florida, presented a three-day festival dedicated to the music and ideas of John Cage, titled "Making the Right Choices: A John Cage Centennial Celebration." In addition to three evenings of concerts, NWS hosted a video installation entitled NWS: 4’33”, under creation by artist Mikel Rouse. This video performance was one of a number of performances of 4'33" screened adjacently and randomly (so that, for instance, this video was seen playing beside itself at a certain point).