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Treatise is a musical composition by British composer Cornelius Cardew (– 81). Treatise is a graphic musical score comprising pages of lines, symbols, . Cornelius Cardew ( – ) was a British music composer, who worked as an assistant for Karlheinz Stockhausen for three years. In October flautist Petr Kotik’s QUaX Ensemble gave a performance of Cornelius Cardew’s graphic-score masterwork Treatise in Prague and, happily for us.

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Disseminate mode Somei Satoh: Preparedness is defined as a delicate balance. This kind of thing happens in improvisation. If you are a library, university or other organisation that would be interested in an institutional subscription to Gramophone please click here for further information.

Towards the end of the score many thin lines divide and sub-divide giving tree-like appearances.

Cardew Treatise

Posted by Phillip Henderson. He describes his experimentation as a member of the improvisatory group AMM. Mainly the Visual Aspects,” Tempo Except where otherwise noted, the content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3. Views Read Edit View history. It is apparently only meant to indicate that the graphic elements are musical, not purely artistic, in character.

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Yes improvisation is a sport too, and a spectator sport, where the subtlest interplay on the physical level can throw into high relief some of the mystery of being alive. The all-time greats Read about the artists who changed the world of classical music. And, although Treatise has often attracted free improvisers, we’re definitely not talking anything goes n’importe cardes I have serious doubts about some of the other available recordings of the work, though ; you can hear the players thinking, both in the long stretches of silence and in their explorations on instruments “none of us really knew how to play.


Treatise Cardew is a graphic score by Cornelius Cardew. Simplicity is treaise as the most appealing virtue.

Concerning Temporality in Music: Treatise & Treatise Handbook, by Cornelius Cardew

Orchestral Works mode Petr Kotik Profile. The tapes have been carefully restored and remastered, but there’s still plenty of vintage analogue airiness to the sound.

Distinguish symbols that enclose space circle, etc. Not so sure I like it much, but, if “every honest utterance makes sense” Cardewit certainly has its place here along with Kotik’s squeaking trumpet played with a bassoon reed and bouncing ping pong balls. And if you’re looking for interesting musical questions to ask, you can’t do much better than Cornelius Cardew’s Treatise. Tilbury says of this performance: My attitude is that the musical and the real worlds are one.

The horizontal central bar is the main and most constant orientation; what happens where it ceases or bends? Other forms also share the score; for example there is a very large black disc on page and similar smaller discs and partial discs on surrounding pages.


However, Cardew allows resemblances to occur only as a reminder of the works musicality. However, some justification is made by the fact that Cardew has the opportunity to publish two scores within this book and the lecture Towards an ethic of improvisation. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

He states the implicit contradiction in attempting to describe a piece of work that has been constructed in order to remain open to interpretation. Sometimes they land themselves in a cul-de-sac; more often they jump with an ecstatic leap of collective faith towards bold new freedoms.

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Some of the symbols in the score clearly echo western notation. It’s abundantly clear that the musicians were grappling with something difficult here, and that they’d spent some considerable time preparing their performance.

There are, however, almost infinite possibilities for the interpretation of Treatise that fall within the implications of the piece and general principles of experimental music performance in the late s, acrdew presentation as visual art and map-reading Anderson Also by Petr Kotik on Mode: Subsequently Cardew embraced Maoism and wholeheartedly repudiated this and other works of his avant-garde period.