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Sheet music for Cornelius Cardew
Composed by Cornelius Cardew (1936-1981). Modern. Score. Edition Peters #EP7560. Published by Edition Peters (PE.EP7560).
Contemporary Small Ensemble piano solo and/or any other instruments
Composed by Cornelius Cardew (1936-1981). Miscellaneous Instruments. Contemporary. Sheet Music. Hinrichsen Edition #H771A. Published by Hinrichsen Edition (PE.H771A).
Contemporary Small Ensemble violin, viola, cello
Composed by Cornelius Cardew (1936-1981). Modern. Score. Duration 00:04:00. Hinrichsen Edition #H823B. Published by Hinrichsen Edition (PE.H823B).
Composed by Cornelius Cardew (1936-1981). Modern. Score. Hinrichsen Edition #H771. Published by Hinrichsen Edition (PE.H771).
Contemporary Large Ensemble/Orchestra [2(II=piccolo).1.English horn.1.bass-clarinet.1.contrabassoon-220.127.116.11-2], percussion, Electric organ, piano, strings
Composed by Cornelius Cardew (1936-1981). Modern. Sheet Music. Duration 00:11:00. Edition Peters #EP7129B. Published by Edition Peters (PE.EP7129B).
Composed by Cornelius Cardew (1936-1981). Miscellaneous Instruments. Modern. Sheet Music. Edition Peters #EP7129A. Published by Edition Peters (PE.EP7129A).
- Octet ‘59 for six woodwind, violin and double-bass (1959)
- Autumn ‘60 (orchestra of any instruments, 1960)
- Octet ‘61 (partly graphic)
- February Pieces for piano (1959-61)
- Volo Solo for any handy musical instrument (1964)
- Solo with accompaniment for 2 performers (1964)
- Sextet: The Tiger’s Mind (text piece) (1967)
- 3 Winter Potatoes for piano (1961-5)
- Treatise (1963-69), graphic score for any means of realization
- The Great Learning (1968, after Confucius; revised 1972 in the light of Mao-Tse Tung) for non-singing chorus
- The East is Red (1972)
- Arrangements of Chinese Revolutionary Songs (1972-3)
- Piano Album (1973)
- Thaelmann Variations for piano (1974)
- Boolavogue for 2 pianos
Choirboy at Canterbury Cathedral. Studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London
(1953-7) and in Cologne (1957-8); assistant to Stockhausen in the scoring of
the latter’s ‘Carre’. From 1961 in London worked as a graphic artist, whence
the extraordinary graphic score Treatise. Some study with Goffredo Petrassi in
Italy in the early 1960s. Appeared regularly as a performer of works by
Stockhausen, Feldman, Cage, Wolff etc. and collaborated extensively with the
pianist John Tilbury. Became involved in improvisation (with the jazz-derived AMM Ensemble) and founded the Scratch Orchestra (of
trained and untrained players) in 1969. From 1971 he embraced Maoist concepts
of politically-committed socialist art; published the book ‘Stockhausen serves
Imperialism’ (1974); repudiated indeterminacy, turned to a more conventional
(or, less elitist) musical vocabularty and wrote works implicitly or explicitly
supportive of the Irish liberation struggle. He was killed when run down by a
car; the circumstances have never been properly investigated.