S.E.M. Ensemble

The Entire Musical Work of Marcel Duchamp

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Known as one of the most vital artists in the history of 20th century art, Marcel Duchamp was a composer whose small output was equally as revolutionary as his visual art. Predating the work of John Cage, this radical experimental composition employed chance operations and non-musical sounds in 1913. The works "Erratum Musical" and "The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors" were realized by the S.E.M. Ensemble in 1976. These interpretations for flute, celeste, trombone, and glockenspiel are soft, slow-motion studies that bear similarities to late-20th century compositions of Cage, Christian Wolff, and Morton Feldman. A beautiful booklet contains notes by conductor Peter Kotik. This reissue exhibits a stunning pre-avant-garde composition from the great French artist whose influence on later music had transposed more prominently through his painting than his composition, as John Cage and others has absorbed the radical concepts of his art into musical work some 50 years later.

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