Treatise. Cornelius Cardew.


Buffalo: Gallery Upstairs Press, 1967. Paperback. First Edition. 193pp. Publisher's plastic comb bound wraps. Just a hint of tanning to the edges of the wraps, else a fine copy of the first published edition of Cardew's masterpiece that has been interpreted by numerous artists including Sonic Youth. Very good. Item #28712

Comprising 193 pages of lines, symbols, and various geometric or abstract shapes that eschew convention and allows for absolute interpretive freedom by the performers. As much an artist's book as a musical score from one of the giants in early experimental music. Cardew trained under Stockhausen, playing cello in the group AMM Music on their classic eponymous first record and later founded the Scratch Orchestra before embracing Maoism and completely repudiating all of his avant garde work.

Price: $500.00

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