John Cage

John Cage’s ORGAN2/ASLSP (As Slow as Possible) is performed since 2001 at the St. Burchardi Church in Halberstadt, a small town in central Germany and is still be playing for another 616 years.

Today another note is going to begin playing. According to the John Cage Organ Foundation in Halberstadt, this is the stopped d. There had been no change of sound for two years, but now the six pipes to be heard will become a seven-note sound, it was said. Hundreds of Cage fans from all over the world are expected to attend.

The piece of music is played on a specially built and automatically operated organ. It began on September 5, 2001 with one break, two years later the first three pipes sounded. According to the foundation, there were two changes of sound in 2006, and between 2013 and 2020, visitors listened to a five-pipe sound. On February 5, 2022, there was the last, 15th change of sound for the time being.

Originally written for piano in 1985, Cage made an arrangement for organ. Like the piano score, Cage never specified how long the piece should be played. Most of its performances have lasted between 20 and 70 minutes.


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