Cornelius Cardew
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Thalmann Variations (Matchless, 1986) **
Memorial Concert (Impetus) *
Great Learning (Deutsche Grammophon, 1971) ***
We Sing For The Future (New Albion) *
Treatise (Hat Hut, 2000) ***
Four Principles On Ireland and Other Pieces (Cramps, 1974 - Ampersand, 2001) *
Chamber Music 1955-64 - Apartment House (Matchless, 2001) **
We Only Want The Earth (Musicnow, 2002) *
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Cornelius Cardew (1936), ex-assistente di Stockhausen a Colonia (1958-60), di Petrassi a Roma (1963-65) e di Cage in America, fu autore di lavori monumentali per il Centre For Experimental Music da lui fondato a Londra e di esecuzioni penetranti di improvvisazione libera con il gruppo AMM (dal 1966 in poi) che comprendeva anche il chitarrista Keith Rowe, il sassofonista Lou Gare e il percussionista Eddie Prevost, ma una progressiva presa di coscienza marxista lo spinse a ripudiare prima i suoi maestri e poi persino se stesso, accusando tutti di essere complici del Sistema. Cosi' il suo capolavoro, The Great Learning (1968) per coro di non-cantanti, in cui gli esecutori possono compiere qualsiasi rumore con la bocca purche' non sia musicale (influenced by John Cage's principles of indeterminacy) non andrebbe neppure citato. This is a four-hour composition, based on the Confucian classic, in which several groups of singers engage in a very slow, long-tone melody while a drummer with each group of singers shifts through a series of 26 rhythm patterns.
And, in fact, the monumental Treatise (1967), whose score is a 193-page manual of instructions, was only performed posthumously in february 1998.

Chamber Music 1955-64 - Apartment House (Matchless) is a retrospective of early compositions.

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Nel 1969 Cardew formo' la Scratch Orchestra, un ensemble aperto per la rappresentazione di musica d'avanguardia ispirato a principi Maoisti, con la quale si dedico' fino alla morte a forme piu' popolari di folk militante (come nelle Thalmann Variations registrate nel january 1975 per pianoforte su temi di canzoni politiche). Per controllare che la Scratch Orchestra si attenesse ai principi maoisti, Cardew istitui' (con ragionamento tipicamente paleo-comunista) anche uno Scratch Orchestra Ideology Group.

Tilbury's Piano Music 1959-70 (2014) contains Cardew's February Piece, Volo Solo, Unintended Piano Music, Material and Treatise.

Keith Rowe, Eddie Prevost, Cornelius Cardew, Gavin Bryars and many other composers and free improvisers created the Music Now Ensemble that recorded Silver Pyramid (1969).

Four Principles On Ireland and Other Pieces (Cramps, 1974 - Ampersand, 2001) contains brief piano compositions inspired by revolutionary songs of different countries.

We Only Want The Earth (Musicnow, 2002) and We Sing For The Future (New Albion) collect music inspired by Maoism.

Cardew Works 1960-70 (Confront, 2010) collects six compositions.

The 4CD boxset The Great Learning delivers a five-hour recording from july 2010 that should be the definitive version.

Consciously (2013) collects unreleased Cardew compositions dating back to 1972-1980.

Cornelius Cardew died in 1981 in a car accident.

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