Thursday, November 27, 2008

Vexatious, Plaintive

Nothing to do from 3pm on Saturday ‘til 9am on Sunday? Well, problem solved—hole up with a crate of Red Bull and watch an 18 hour performance of Erik Satie’s Vexations live over the internet from the University of Chichester.

The additional “elements of art and dance” sound worrying though—the point of an 18 hour performance of the same piano phrase over and over and over again is surely to focus attention minutely on the subtle differences that occur over time. Something made difficult by dance class hoofers getting in the way, even if they also are repeating the same movement 840 times.

Go here for an interesting article by Gavin Bryars about the time he performed the piece.

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