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Marcel Duchamp - The Entire Musical Work (CD)

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2019 repress forthcoming. Originally issued in 2000, this is the first release from this 20th century composer's label, based out of the Paula Cooper Gallery in NYC; performed by Petr Kotik's S.E.M. Ensemble, with John Cage on one piece. This CD was recorded in 1987 by S.E.M. (including Ben Neill on trumpet) and was originally released in 2000; the Ampersand version was recorded in 1976. Duchamp's often overlooked musical work was composed for the most part between 1912 and 1921. His method was based on chance and represented a radical departure from the way music was done at the time. The Entire Musical Work includes the artist's complete oeuvre, namely "Erratum Musical" (For Three Voices), "La Mariée mise à nu par ses célibataires même," "Erratum Musical" (in two different versions for player piano and chamber ensemble), and the conceptual piece "Sculpture Musicale" (with a special version performed by John Cage). The liner notes contain reproductions of Duchamp's handwritten scores, as well as photographs of the instrumental "apparatus" used to create the second version of "La Mariée mise à nu par ses célibataires même (a funnel, seven open top cars and six sets of balls)." Also included is a mesostic (a poem legible both horizontally and vertically) by John Cage.

Erratum Musical (For Three Voices) (S.E.M. Ensemble)

Sculpture Musicale. Mesostic by John Cage (John Cage, voice)

La Mariée mise à nu par ses célibataires même - Erratum Musical (Mechanical Piano)

Sculpture Musical (Version by Petr Kotik)

La Mariée mise à nu par ses célibataires même - Erratum Musical (Realization by Petr Kotik , S.E.M. Ensemble)