Philip Corner
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Philip Corner (1933), a member of the Fluxus movement, composed Cage-an piano music for improvising soloists and ensembles described by verbal instructions and graphic notations. The scores for pieces such as Solo Music and More and C Major Chord sound like aesthetic sermons rather. Gestures populate the scores for the Pieces for String Instrument of the late 1950s, and the Soloist Piece (1961).

Plays the Piano (XI, 2000) collects a few short compositions of the 1960s (7 Joyous Flashes, Concerto for Housekeeper, in which the pianist cleans the dirty keys of the keyboard, three of the Short Piano Pieces, Flux and Form No 2) and two of his most ambitious works: the hypnotic crescendo and fast-moving texture of Pulse (which slowly expands from a narrow cluster of notes to most of the keyboard), which segues into the pulsing repetition of C Major Chord, and the sparse cacophony of Perfect (obtained by inserting round objects inside the piano).

Metal Meditations (Alga Marghen) collects two live performances with resonating metal objects (1974 and 1975).

Word-Voices (Alga Marghen) compiles three works based on the human voice: VOX (1981), Vocalize (1962), Air Effect.

On Tape From the Judson Days (Alga Marghen) collects tape-music from 1962 and 1963 (Lucinda Pastime, Memories Performances, From Thais, Oracle, a Cantata on Images of War, Flares, Circus Tape).

Gong+ (Alga Marghen) collects Metal Meditations with Listening Center (1974), a collaboration with Bill Fontana, Gong and Pulse Polyphony.

Gong/Ear - Dance-ing 1 & 2 (april 1989 - Roaratorio, 2012) collects two compositions for tam-tam: the 24-minute With Claude Corsette and the 20-minute With Elisabetta Vittoni.

More compositions by Philip Corner surfaced on Pieces From The Past (Pogus, 2011), performed by Malcolm Goldstein on violin: Philip Corner's Piece for Malcolm Goldstein by Elizabeth Munro (december 1984); Gamelan Antipode/s with 'Piece for String Instrument #3' (december 1984); Gamelan Maya (june 1981); The Gold Stone (july 1991); Piece for String Instrument #5 (december 1984).

Musiques Des Ailes/ Winged Music (2012) documents a a collaboration among Philip Corner, Michel Vogel and Phoebe Neville.

The one-sided LP Piano Activities (Alga Marghen, 2013) resurrected a 1962 performance of Corner's Piano Activities, rediscovered only in 2011.

Through Two More-Than-Mysterious Barricades (2014) documents two piano improvisations (1992 and 2004) inspired by Francois Couperin's Les Barricades Mysterieuses.

PoorManMusic (Alga Marghen, 2015) collects a suite performed in march 1967 along with Max Neuhaus, Steve Reich, James Tenney, Malcolm Goldstein, Jackson Mac Low, Dick Higgins, Alison Knowles, Carolee Schneemann, Jerome Rothenberg and the Technicians of the Sacred and scored for sounds that can only be made with one's own body.

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