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Tacet is Italian for "silent". It is an Italian musical term to indicate that an instrument does not play for a long period of time, typically an entire movement. It was common for early symphonies to leave out the brass or percussion on certain movements, especially slow (second) movements, and this is the instruction given in the parts for the player to wait until the end of the movement. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Musical terminology. ... A symphony is an extended piece of music for orchestra, especially one in the form of a sonata. ... A brass instrument is a musical instrument whose tone is produced by vibration of the lips as a player blows into a tubular resonator. ... Percussion instruments are played by being struck, shaken, rubbed or scraped. ...

A piece where all instruments are tacet is John Cage's 4'33". John Cage John Milton Cage (September 5, 1912 – August 12, 1992) was an American experimental music composer, writer and visual artist. ... 433 is a musical work by avant-garde composer John Cage, often described (somewhat erroneously) as four and a half minutes of silence. ...

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The composer John Cage challenged traditional ideas about music in his 4' 33", which is notated as three movements, each marked Tacet (that is, "do not play").
The implication, as expanded upon by Cage himself, is that the background noises which are normally a distraction from the music (the humming of the lights, the shuffling of the audience, the sound of traffic outside) are to be regarded as the actual music in this case.
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