Writings about Music

Rushing Comes From the Devil

John Cage

Thinking of the best response to the news of John Cage's 639-year-long organ piece currently being performed in a German church making a sound change for the first time in seven years, I recalled a wise expression from antiquity: "Rushing comes from the devil."

John would have loved hearing that, no doubt laughing loudly.

- Michael Robinson, September 2020, Los Angeles


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Michael Robinson is a Los Angeles-based composer and writer (musicologist).