Music for the Turkish bath, by John Cage You can print this page -- Click for printer-friendly version

The only music which is suitable for playing while relaxing in a Victorian Turkish Bath is  4'33"  by the American composer John Cage. It was originally intended to include the whole of the score below. However, considerations of 'fair use' limit the proportion of any work still in copyright which may legally be quoted, even though the first edition is now out of print. So the last part only of the first movement is transcribed below, and this will need to be played twice for the first movement, and once again for each of the last two movements. Although the hot rooms are too small to allow a whole orchestra to bathe at once, Cage wrote that 'the work may be performed by (any) instrumentalist or combination of instrumentalists and last any length of time'. Enjoy.

John Cage score excerpt

This page last updated 31 October 2018

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Julian Oddy for inadvertently inspiring this page with his letter to the Guardian

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