Five Piano Pieces for David Tudor  

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"a line-drawing made up of straight and curved lines, arrows, vertical and diagonal signs of direction, ornaments, and so forth. This drawing is to inspire the pianist to whom the composer leaves every freedom to interpret the "signs of the 'score'"."--“The Performer's Role in the Newest Music" (1959) by Peter Gradenwitz


"The score of Piece Four of Sylvano Bussotti's Five Piano Pieces for David Tudor is the most important image in A Thousand Plateaus. It serves as a prefatory image not only to the Rhizome plateau, but also to the work as a whole. It functions as the book's musical score, guiding readers in their performance of the text. Embracing John Cage's graphism and aleatory practices, Bussotti created his own ‘aserial’ new music, one that celebrated passion and Bussotti's open homosexuality. The visual elements of Piece Four include a deterritorialisation of the standard piano score, a diagram of the composition's abstract machine, and a drawing that Bussotti had produced ten years before writing Five Piano Pieces for David Tudor. The drawing itself is a rhizomic artwork, with details that echo visual motifs throughout A Thousand Plateaus. The superimposition of the drawing on the deterritorialised framework of the standard piano score conjoins the visible and the audible, faciality and the refrain, in a single artefact."--Ronald Bogue

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Five Piano Pieces for David Tudor (1959) is a musical composition by Sylvano Bussotti.

A piece of the "sheet music" from Five Piano Pieces for David Tudor is reproduced in A Thousand Plateaus (1980).


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