Treatise is a musical composition by British composer Cornelius Cardew (– 81). Treatise is a graphic musical score comprising pages of lines, symbols, . Cornelius Cardew ( – ) was a British music composer, who worked as an assistant for Karlheinz Stockhausen for three years. In October flautist Petr Kotik’s QUaX Ensemble gave a performance of Cornelius Cardew’s graphic-score masterwork Treatise in Prague and, happily for us.

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Cardew refers to Wittgenstein again and quotes him equating the logical structure of recorded music to the logical structure of a score.

Cardew says the performer with this virtue will live; …like a yachtsman to utilise the interplay of sccore forces and currents to steer a course. It is apparently only meant to indicate that the graphic elements are musical, not purely artistic, in character. Preparedness is defined as a delicate balance. Some of the symbols in the score clearly echo western notation.

Kotik met Cardew in Warsaw inand they began exchanging scores by mail, including Treatisewhich was a work in progress.

My attitude is that the musical and the real worlds are one.

The tapes have been carefully restored and remastered, but there’s still plenty of vintage analogue airiness to the sound. Tilbury says of this performance: Trackbacks […] The Beauty of Indeterminacy. The work appears to be a collection of abstract markings and shapes that evolve over its pages. Herbert Bayer was a prolific graphic designer and typography designer who also worked as a…. On 11th March 65 for example, Cardew was obviously thinking about the score while reflecting on the central black line that runs throughout the piece with only the occasional break; Treatise: The all-time greats Read about the artists who changed the world of classical music.

He states the implicit contradiction in attempting to describe a piece of work that has been constructed in order to remain open to interpretation. Gramophone’s expert reviews easier than ever before.


Treatise Cardew is a graphic score by Cornelius Cardew. Please feel free to write us if you notice misattributions or wish something to be removed.

This historical recording offers a unique perspective to hear Treatise as interpreted by Caddew contemporaries. It would be easy to lampoon the period trimmings: Bil Smith 22 February at Your email address will not be published. Sometimes they land themselves in a cul-de-sac; more often they jump with an ecstatic leap of collective faith towards bold new freedoms.

It was written in stages over a period of four years and completed in Whenever possible we try to attribute content images, videos, and quotes to their creators and original sources. Towards the end of the score many thin lines divide and sub-divide giving tree-like appearances. Forbearance is the permissive characteristic required of an improviser in order to allow the music to exist.

This page was last edited on 26 Octoberat Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. This kind of thing happens in improvisation. All in all, this is a disc to admire and respect more than love – which is fine, because that’s just the way I feel about Treatise.

Greatise score is not accompanied by any explicit instructions to the performers in how to perform the work, or what sound-producing means treatiise to be used. Any number of musicians using any media are free to participate in a ‘reading’ of this score Abstracted minims and crotchets appear, as do ties, slurs, dots, points, lines and numbers.

Also by Petr Kotik on Mode: You ask Keith Rowe. Written between andthe composition is made up of a graphic musical score of pages in a visual language invented by the author and completely distant from conventional music notation.

Cornelius Cardew: Treatise

Two things running concurrently in haphazard fashion suddenly synchronise autonomously and sling you forcibly into a new phase. However, indications of sounds, noises, and musical relationships do not figure in the score, which is purely graphic… Each player interprets the score according to his own acumen and sensibility. This period of experimentation seems to have allowed Cardew to consider the role of the improviser as a kind of athlete.


Identification with nature is similar to preparedness. Not so sure I like it much, 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. 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.

As with many graphic scores I feel that interpretation of the score is best carried out by performance rather than by written critical analysis. Selflessness is included to highlight the performers required concern for the work rather than the documentation of it.

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On the page his leaf graphic score is a beautiful thing that makes you fall, Alice-like, towards sound. At the bottom of each page Cardew has included a double staff, which implies that this is a linear musical score to be read from left to right.

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Connected with this is the proposition that improvisation cannot be rehearsed. And if you’re looking for trreatise musical questions to ask, you can’t do much better than Cornelius Cardew’s Treatise. Improvisation is a language spontaneously developed amongst the players and between players and listeners. Cardew draws the conclusion that an improvisation cannot be scored or recorded within out some loss occurring because of the absence of this structure.