review Critical Studies in improvisation


Cornelius Cardew is a legendary figure in the history of the musical avant-garde and British improvised music. Indeed, he is almost like Forrest Gump in those genres: he was Karlheinz Stockhausen’s assistant for two years; he was involved with the pioneering British free improv group AMM for almost ten years; he created and performed numerous ground-breaking notated, indeterminate, and graphic scores; he taught at the Royal Music College in London; and he was a driving force in the creation of the community-based Scratch Orchestra.

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