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Much better, to my cagdew, for musicians to be directly involved in discovering sounds for themselves rather than being directed to try this or that procedure.

As one can see in Treatise Handbookthe number of pages selected for any given performance, the durations of individual pages, and the duration of events assigned to particular symbols within each page are staggeringly diverse.

Frankly, hearing myself call an empty page the heart of the piece surprised me.

Treatise Handbook

Hannafin dwells within the circles on the page so long that the circle-ness of the page becomes a constant and recedes into the background. As I suggested in the previous section, the tempi of many recordings defined by the duration of pages, rather than by pulse are closely connected to the audible presence of their symbolicity.

CardewWith this comment, we come full circle: Another, which emerged as a proposal in post-production from producer Marcus Gammel, was to include informal descriptions of the visual appearance of the score.

A few examples should suffice to show this problem:. Although it is difficult to categorize these approaches, time is by no means an arbitrary or independent parameter in individual performances. From the Depth of Silence: Thus I included pp.


Cornelius Cardew – Treatise Handbook

Any rigidity of interpretation is automatically thwarted by the confluence of different personalities. When performances adopt a more consistent, literal approach to interpreting the notation, forensically inferring cornflius principles from the musical results is relatively straightforward. It resumes in p.

It contains no sounds, no directions to putative performers […] pages of lines and shapes, clustered around a strong, almost continuous central line, which can be imagined as the lifeline of the reader, his center, around which all manner of activity takes corneilus […] Cardew The fact of examining and translating notation before performance does not diminish its urgency or speculative qualities.

Both share a tempo of roughly three pages per minute and proceed along unified timelines VC with the help of a conductor, and Ede alone. The second line of difference, in treatis hardly any two recordings are alike, is time. CardewCircles represent the Other, the counterpoint in this narrative. Its long historical shadow, and the variety of ways performers have dealt with its notation, make it uniquely suited for such an inquiry.

Ede designs his strategy haphazardly at the outset and does not accept the challenges of his own making. The Life of the Score.

Dot events to be exclusively soft. We worked regularly over a long period of time, ending up with a 2-hour version of the piece Cornelius Cardew – Treatise Catalog Number: Live Ensemble and Texts Another manifestation of the commitment to develop my own reading was to play the score with other musicians. But the presence of some symbols remains audible, emerging and receding over time in function of the ongoing improvised musical development.


Not only must a player decide how to interpret the notation at the molecular level; she must, in the context of an ensemble realization, negotiate its implementation with others, either verbally during rehearsal, on the fly during performance, or both. Peters, and substantial critical and scholarly attention. HanfbookAs I briefly outlined in my description of Section I, the lifeline-circle narrative provided a cohesive way of selecting which pages of the score cardeww realize.

Their crowding, interrupting, and blistering begins in the second half of p. Since my aims were analytic and creative rather than archival, the discographical research was far from systematic. Pictures of Music flash. Should new versions of p. Cornelius Cardew Treatise Mode The older I get the more inclined I am to think that life’s not about finding the right answers but asking the right questions.

Except the central line represents perhaps the performer or a single line of thought. In addition to playing, I also resolved to integrate my own text. Ironically, this off-the-cuff response to conditions accumulated over the course of many months of research and tape collage assembly, a week of rehearsal with the ensemble, and two long days in the studio brought forth a light-hearted but fundamental insight:.

Had the interpretation focused only on the novel features of particular pages, this continuity, and consequently the surreal dramaturgy that carries the performance, would have been lost.