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A 639-Year-Long Concert

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A 639-Year-Long Concert

A 639-Year-Long Concert

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ANDREA SEABROOK, host:

(Soundbite of music)

ANDREA SEABROOK, host:

Whoa there, tiger, slow down, don't want to sprain a finger going so fast on that piano.

(Soundbite of music)

SEABROOK: This is the sound of pianist Anthony de Mare, positively racing through a John Cage composition titled "As Slow As Possible." De Mare played this in a blazing six minutes and 25 seconds. Most concert versions do it in an hour, but to hear Cage's work in its full glory, you'll need to visit the Medieval church of Saint Burchardi in Germany. The version playing there now will last 639 years.

It started in 2001 and is scheduled to finish in the year 2640. Here's the big news, though, a week ago, a new note sounded.

(Soundbite of note)

SEABROOK: About 1,000 people showed up to watch the change. Hey, it's only the sixth note in the piece. The next chord change arrives in, get ready for it, November.

(Soundbite of music)

SEABROOK: Coming up, models of a certain age, and Muppets, too. It's NPR.

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