Avant-Garde: Did You Ever, Ever, Ever

A hundred metronomes went ticktack, ticktack during the 15-minute performance of Györgi Ligeti's composition, Poème Symphonique. A toy gun popped, a yellow umbrella flipped open, while Soloist David Tudor banged directly on the piano strings with a hammer, executing John Cage's Concert for Piano and Orchestra. The movie collage Breathdeath offered a drawn foot coming out of Richard Nixon's mouth. In French Playwright Eugene lonesco's one-acter, Bedlam Galore, for Two or More, "She" and "He" quarreled, and quarreled some more, while a civil war went on outside and the roof and...

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