On Wednesday 30 May the Lower Sixth witnessed a concert unlike any they saw before. Mr Wey put together a programme featuring composers John Cage and La Monte Young, in honour of Cage's 100th anniversary. The performances included the landmark silent piece 4'33'', conducted by Mr Sprague, as well as other experimental music which involved pushing pianos, radios, and moving furniture.
After the concert there were small discussion groups, chaired by students from the HL Music, Theatre and Art courses and the SL Literature and Performance classes. The concert clearly generated some heated discussions about the role of art in society.
The concert was an exciting experience, and something of a surprise for students unfamiliar with Cage's work. It will serve well to help TOK students think about TOK issues related to music: How does what we expect out of music influence our enjoyment of it? To what extent can the experience of a piece of music influence our beliefs (rather than just emotion)? To what extent does the brand 'music' limit what should be included in the category and how do categories limit our overall knowledge?
Friday 1 June 2012
by Charlotte Hails