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Scelsi, Cage, Cardew

1 hour, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 29 October 2011

Ivan Hewett is joined in the Hear & Now Studio by conductor Richard Bernas to introduce performances by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, recorded earlier tonight in Glasgow's Fruitmarket. Programmed are three maverick composers: the reclusive Italian Count of Ayala Valva, Giacinto Scelsi; the American philosopher, writer and composer John Cage; and the radical British composer and political activist Cornelius Cardew.
Cardew is the subject of the Hear and Now Fifty this week, and his biographer, pianist John Tilbury, describes Cardew as he knew him, as well as the turbulent reaction of early audiences to his masterwork, The Great Learning; while Paul Griffiths explains its place in Cardew's musical and political thinking.

Giacinto Scelsi: Ohoi
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Martyn Brabbins

John Cage: Solo for Sliding Trombone
Simon Johnson (trombone)

The Hear and Now Fifty:
Cornelius Cardew: The Great Learning, Paragraph 3
Glasgow Chamber Choir and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Martyn Brabbins.


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