Several years ago Christmas really might have been a silent night if online campaigners had their way.
Facebook users attempted to make four-and-a-half minutes’ silence the prestigious Christmas Carol #1 in the popular music charts that year.
Nearly 30,000 people signed up to the campaign which attempted to get the experimental composer John Cage’s silent piece entitled 4’33“ in the festive top spot.
Cage composed his work in 1952. The score, which can be played by any instrument, by beginners and masters alike, instructs musicians not to play their instruments for the duration of the piece, 4 minutes and 33 seconds. That’s a really silent night.