BBC Four Modern Classical Music CollectionThis programme is part of a collection of programmes featuring trailblazing 20th Century classical music composers.
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More about this programmeBBC Radio 3 broadcast the performance of John Cage's 4'33" live and was the first broadcaster to risk airing nearly five minutes of ambient silence, with BBC Four broadcasting it an hour later. Radio 3's emergency backup systems, designed to cut in when there is apparent silence on air, were switched off.
About BBC Four Collection programmesProgrammes are selected, in part, for their historical context and reflect the broadcast standards and attitudes of their time, which may not accord to some current BBC editorial guidelines. We aim to select programmes which can be shown in their entirety but in some cases edits are required. In these cases, edits are kept to a minimum and are made only for technical reasons.
- Tommy Pearson
- David Stevens
- Bo Van Der Meulen
- Lawrence Foster
A collection of programmes featuring trailblazing 20th Century classical music composers.