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John Cage and Beyond----The Avant-Garde in the Second Half of the 20th Century

on Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:01 pm
Back in 1966 or '67, I was invited by the influential avant-garde musician John Tilbury to join a group of young musicians at my local school of music for weekly sessions discussing avant-garde music and, eventually,  performing works by avant-garde composers, including a piece by Cornelius Cardew called Autumn '60. I backed out after the first session. I'm not sure what it was I wanted in those days but it wasn't this...

Curiously, I'm now drawn to examining some of the stuff I rejected at the time. Cornelius Cardew is a fascinating figure (see his wikipage and the Guardian article linked below). This is part of The Great Learning, a massive work lasting nearly five hours in a recent recording on Bolt Records (see below). The Scratch Orchestra, which performs it here, was instigated for that very purpose:  


This article is specifically about what is being performed in the video:

For more general information on Cardew's life and controversial death see

See also and,extras/39,cornelius-cardew-the-great-learning,en.html

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