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We had varying degrees of experience with Treatise.

Flipping through the score from beginning to end, I see the path of a narrator drifting through relationships with shapes, figures, teratise numbers who come and go; traveling through natural, industrial, and psychological landscapes of all sorts; and, despite obstacles and momentary destruction, moving on. Cornelius Cardew Treatie 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.

Whereas the line is in a state of continuous transformation, the circles suggest single self-contained objects. If the lifeline is intact on a given page, then the tape collage 15 sounds continuously.

Treatise Handbook

You ask Keith Rowe. The tapes have been carefully restored and remastered, but there’s still plenty of vintage analogue airiness to the sound. It resumes in p. 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.

It must have authority, and not merely be an arbitrary jumping-off point for improvisation. The temporal structure like Treatise itself was not simply an a priori container to be filled with inert material — it was a dynamic, ad hoc creature that both emerged from and transformed the process of mixing the collage and working with musicians.


In such situations nobody is taking responsibility, and the result is unsatisfactory to everyone involved. On the one hand, VC take their approach to its logical extreme. Much better, to my mind, for musicians to be directly involved in discovering sounds for themselves rather than being directed to try this or that procedure.

Do It Yourself All scores for improvisers are permeable; they let contingency in and leave aspects of their internal structure to the performer.

Cornelius Cardew: Treatise

However, in the Lange and the BBC recordings, symbols are easier to identify as gestures or discrete events within the musical discourse. One hears repeated events, percussive outbursts, and glissandi corresponding proportionally to symbols on the page. VC work on their approach within the performance; it gives the music a tension and richness that eclipse the aesthetic surface.

Of course you can let the score work on previously given material, but you must have it work actively. CardewWith this comment, we come full circle: The Aarhaus Sequence Matchless Records.

The library tdeatise a vast stylistic breadth, spanning relatively straightforward chamber music realizations, digital sonifications of the entire score, atmospheric post-rock and noise renderings, and free jazz satire. However I take issue with the notion that a high degree of symbolicity is necessarily reductive, and thus precludes moving forward in the hunt.

Dot events to be exclusively soft. It is impossible to ignore, and indeed has been a touchstone for several interpretations of Treatise in various forms, e.

The score seems not representational. An example of this can be found in pp. Circles represent the Other, the counterpoint in this narrative.

I began with the score. Graphic Notation in Contemporary Music. 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. Facsimile of the original typescript thesis, comb-bound This is now out of print, to be supplanted by a new book. What we do in the actual event is important — not only what we have in mind.


A line or dot is certainly an immediate orientation as much as a thread in the fog. Recordings of Treatise For my analysis of various recordings of Treatise, see this post on my blog: In any case, it becomes hard to make formal judgements, as these will mostly be based on aesthetic preferences. Or, if not absolutely ossified into the bony hardness of subphylum Vertebrata’s prime organizing architecture, perhaps Cardew’s Treatise is equipped with the mutable structuring agent of the phylum Chordata: Peters, and substantial critical and scholarly attention.

Their visual-semiotic meanings change frequently, as for example when a circle acts as a geometric motif on one page, and becomes a musical note on the next. This October recording of the work – not the complete score, as Petr Kotik’s liner notes here make clear it would have been nice to know which pages were performed All scores for improvisers are permeable; they let contingency in and leave aspects of their internal structure to the performer. Between Thought and Sound: Experimental Music Catalogue Except the central line represents perhaps the performer or a single line of thought.

These are, of course, simultaneous readings they always are. Hinrichsen Edition, Peters Edition Limited.