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Beuger: Tschirtner Tunings for Twelve

Magazine article Gramophone

Beuger: Tschirtner Tunings for Twelve

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Beuger tschirtner tunings for twelve Konzert Minimal Another Timbre [F] AT77 (79' * DDD)

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And after the silence, what next? Dutch composer and flautist Antoine Beuger has spent much of his time over the past 30 years ruminating about the implications of that question. In 1992 Beuger was one of the founding members of the Wandelweiser Group, which would soon evolve into a collective of composers, improvisers and performers (including Michael Pisaro, Radu Malfatti and Jiirg Frey) all motivated to go deeper into the philosophical and practical questions raised by the existence of John Cage's conceptual masterwork 4'33". Wandelweiser to the rest of the world: Cage's great learning is too important to ignore.

Beuger devised tschirtner tunings for twelve in 2005 and the score is realised by the ensemble Konzert Minimal on this new recording from the Sheffield-based label Another Timbre. It sprawls over a full 79 minutes, this piece which reduces the need for material to a minimum and has a score which could have been sketched out on the back of a fag packet: the thinking about what to do overriding the importance of how to do it. …

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