Top 4 Quotes & Sayings by Cornelius Cardew

Explore popular quotes and sayings by an English composer Cornelius Cardew.
Cornelius Cardew

Cornelius Cardew was an English experimental music composer, and founder of the Scratch Orchestra, an experimental performing ensemble. He later rejected experimental music, explaining why he had "discontinued composing in an avantgarde idiom" in his own programme notes to his Piano Album 1973.

Explore Cornelius Cardew Quotes About

Accurately Arbitrary Authority Bear Composer Confidence Devoid Direct Exactitude Expresses Hide All Find Free Govern Hears Ideas Important Improvisation Interpretation Jumping Leaving Mind Music Musical Parts Point Relevance Score Sound Sounds Success Less More Hide All See All
A Composer who hears sounds will try to find a notation for sounds. One who has ideas will find one that expresses his ideas, leaving their interpretation free, in confidence that his ideas have been accurately and concisely notated.
The notation is more important than the sound. Not the exactitude and success with which a notation notates a sound; but the musicalness of the notation in its notating.
Bear in mind that parts of the score may be devoid of direct musical relevance. — © Cornelius Cardew
Bear in mind that parts of the score may be devoid of direct musical relevance.
The score must govern the music. It must have authority, and not merely be an arbitrary jumping-off point for improvisation.
This site uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience. More info...
Got it!