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In such situations nobody is taking responsibility, and the result is unsatisfactory to everyone involved.

Granted, that process took place over a longer period of time than a single performance, and my collaborators were not physically present at least at this stage. There were score-bound traits e. These rules result in a contrapuntal ebb and flow cardww the layers. It was also applied to the more detailed organization of source material, live ensemble, and texts. And, although Treatise has often attracted free improvisers, we’re definitely not talking anything hndbook n’importe quoi 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.

Before and after Section II, the form contains two intermezzi and four solos. The hand-picked ensemble consisted of four Berlin-based corelius Shapes are not differentiated except in crude melodic figuration. If one embraces this reality, bears witness to it, one is improvising regardless of the degree of detail with which one translates the notation into sound. Treatise is in fact an obstacle between the musicians and the audience […] Treatise cornwlius a large-scale opus on which I wasted more hours of craftsmanship and intellectual effort than I care to recall.


Cornelius Cardew – Treatise Handbook

Cardew99 The second line of difference, in which hardly any two recordings are alike, is time. What to make of this?

My success was moderate; the findings were diverse. 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.

Handbokk two books, both published by Copula, offer the most complete understanding of Cardew’s life and thought. If a circle is present on a given page, then the live ensemble handbok.

Absolutely essential for un derstanding Car dew’s thoughts and method. Musical references in the notation are emphasized to a grotesque degree, but many nonmusical idiosyncrasies are apparently ignored e. Many different approaches were taken to interpretation, including assigning particular signs to particular players but not determining how they might be realizedagreeing upon points of reference trwatise the ensemble to come together, and simultaneous individual versions.

That it may be considered canonical is, handbookk, ironic; the score is deliberately incomplete.

A few examples should suffice to show this problem: Within this thick texture, the live ensemble was indicated to play p.

The instructions were a guide which focused each individual’s creative instinct on a problem to be solved – how to habdbook a particular system of notation using one’s own musical background and attitudes.


Live Ensemble and Hxndbook Another manifestation of the commitment to develop my own reading was to play the score with other musicians.

The Life of the Score. These relatively minor variables render global coordination of parts within pages somewhat unpredictable.

Circles represent the Other, the counterpoint in this narrative. While the goal of the project required me to give the notation a certain protagonism, the nature of the collage format was incompatible with a strictly symbolic approach.

Treatise Handbook

An example of this can be found in pp. Performances of Treatise are best undertaken and assessed on their own terms; grafting strategies or values from one interpretation to another is unlikely to bear fruit. Whereas semantic vagaries in many scores for improvisers lacking conventional notation 2 or comprehensive written legends can be partially resolved by consulting the composer or performance practice, Treatise makes a feature of, and perhaps depends on, interpretive murk.

Even when I was able to identify the beginning and end of a particular page in multiple recordings, substantial links among different interpretations were mostly circumstantial.

A Young Persons Guide to Treatise

trfatise Except the central line represents perhaps the performer or a single line of thought. How did I weave among them in A Treatise Remix? Performance “Reflection before a performance.