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September 09, 2013


Illustration: Sheet music for "Vexations"
Sheet music for "Vexations"

Performing The Un-performable

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Eric Mennel

The 1800s composition “Vexations,” by Erik Satie, comes with a cryptic instruction to perform the piece 840 times in a row. Many thought that it couldn’t be done, but in the late 1960s, John Cage and some friends decided to give it a shot.

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