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The score must govern the music. It must have authority, and not merely be an arbitrary jumping-off point for improvisation.
Bear in mind that parts of the score may be devoid of direct musical relevance.
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.
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May 7, 1936
December 13, 1981
Cornelius Cardew was an English experimental music composer, and founder of the Scratch Orchestra, an experimental performing ensemble.
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