Biography[ edit ] Cardew was born in Winchcombe , Gloucestershire. He was the second of three sons whose parents were both artists—his father was the potter Michael Cardew. His musical career thus began as a chorister. From to , Cardew studied piano, cello, and composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Career[ edit ] Having won a scholarship to study at the recently established Studio for Electronic Music in Cologne, Cardew served as an assistant to Karlheinz Stockhausen from to
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The original productions of this piece, in fact, served as the genesis of the legendary pro-amateur Scratch Orchestra. This release includes three of the paragraphs, two from the Deutsche Grammophon album that premiered the composition, as well as an additional section, "Paragraph 1," recorded in All three are fascinating musical experiences.
It is eerie and otherworldly but casts its own unique sense of serenity over the listener. This spell is abruptly shattered by the percussive explosion that begins and carries through "Paragraph 2," an exercise in the inevitability and value of failure.
The chorus is required to attempt to valiantly surmount the raging drums and to do so over a long period of time, an idea based on the Buddhist method of practicing chanting in front of a roaring waterfall; they will fail in making themselves clearly heard but something valuable may be learned in the process.
Little by little, due to sheer physical exhaustion, the singers subside while the drums, gathering rhythmic cohesion, go on and on. The last piece, "Paragraph 7," for "any number of untrained voices," is a lush and complex vocal sea. From a rich and heady underlying drone, individual voices emerge and recede is that Julie Tippett one hears? The mass of voices becomes palpable and breathing like a single, multi-throated organism.
One can easily imagine, in lesser hands, a composition like this disintegrating into a new agey mush, but this one succeeds wildly as a deep and probing conception, realized fully and with passion. Very highly recommended.
The Great Learning (Cornelilus Cardew)
Each piece is for different instrumentation. In March of we presented Paragraph 2, for drums and voice: groups were situated around our outdoor arcade, each group consisting of one drummer and a number of singers. The drummers play through twenty-six rhythms, in any order each chooses, while the associated vocalists sing the text from Confucius on notes that evolve slowly, timing their entrance to the downbeat of their particular drummer. Each group is autonomous, and each performance unique.
New PDF Version of Cardew’s The Great Learning
The original productions of this piece, in fact, served as the genesis of the legendary pro-amateur Scratch Orchestra. This release includes three of the paragraphs, two from the Deutsche Grammophon album that premiered the composition, as well as an additional section, "Paragraph 1," recorded in All three are fascinating musical experiences. It is eerie and otherworldly but casts its own unique sense of serenity over the listener.