I was talking this monring about Cage's 4:33 and I mentioned that I'd love to see a score for an orchestra tuning. It's one of the most recognisable sounds in concerts and has many distinctive musical aspects in various combinations:
- the initial oboe,
- the tuning of each string,
- apparent exchanges and "battles", as players alternate,
- ocassional scales,
- often a comically late brass honk,
- the slow subsiding as tuning ends,
- often the tap of the baton,
- the following moment's silence.
It seemed to me that at some point in the joyous 1960s, some wag must have prepared a full orchestral score of this general cacophone, that some poor band be put through the effort of reproducing it precisely. We had a vague idea that Hoffnung may have done it. I'd love to see the score. I'm sure it will be amusing just to read it, to see the notation, and to hear, like the "Pianists" in Carnival of the Animals.
Does anyone have a link to such a thing, or have a proper bibliographic reference. Has it ever been scheduled along with 4:33? :-)