This performance of Cardew’s monumental page graphic score Treatise was recorded live in Prague in by the Czech QUaX Ensemble, directed by. Treatise was Cardew’s most trail-blazing moment, a source of boundless ideas, controversies and rethinks. On the page his leaf graphic score is a beautiful . It is like stumbling across an alien manuscript, something unearthly and beautifully rendered, but incomprehensible. Cornelius Cardew’s Treatise has been.
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This historical recording offers a unique perspective to hear Treatise as interpreted by Cardew’s contemporaries. Kotik met Cardew in Warsaw inand they began exchanging scores by mail, including Treatisewhich was a work in progress.
Upon meeting again in LondonCardew provided Kotik with additional portions of the score and insights. We worked regularly over a long period of time, ending up with a 2-hour version of the piece Any number of musicians using any media are free to participate in a ‘reading’ of this score Tilbury says of this performance: 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.
And if you’re looking for interesting musical questions to ask, you can’t do much better than Treafise Cardew’s Treatise.
This page graphic score, which occupied the composer for four years, and which performers are encouraged to interpret any way they feel appropriate though useful tips treatixe in the Treatise Handbook Cardew published in is rich, elusive and thought-provoking enough to keep you busy for a lifetime.
You ask Keith Rowe.
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 The tapes have been carefully restored and remastered, but there’s still plenty of vintage analogue airiness to the sound. It’s abundantly clear that the musicians were grappling with something difficult here, and that they’d spent some considerable time preparing their performance.
And, although Treatise has often attracted free improvisers, we’re definitely not talking anything goes 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.
Not so sure I like it treatisee, 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.
All in all, this is a disc to admire and respect more than love – which is treatiss, because that’s just the way I feel about Treatise. Also by Petr Kotik on Mode: Disseminate mode Somei Satoh: From the Depth of Silence: Orchestral Works mode Petr Kotik Profile.