The sheet music you see above is one of these great moments in the history of art while no one was paying attention.
That is not quite true. People were paying attention but afterwards everyone forgot.
Ah, the ash heap of history, the memory hole, oblivion.
But … What exactly are we looking at?
The first piece of silent music.
It’s called Funeral March for the Obsequies of a Deaf Man and was first exhibited in 1884 in Paris by a man called Alphonse Allais who lived from 1854 to 1905.
The sheet music was later published in the album Album primo-avrilesque, a collection of monochrome paintings on which I reported back in 2007.