The Elliott Carter effect
Thankfully not everyone is purring in their self-reverential reality tunnel. Later this year the premiere of John Cage's Scottish Circus is being replicated in the hall where it was first performed in September 1990. The replicated first performance is in the Concert Hall at the University of Glasgow on June 1st. Scottish Circus was commissioned by composer and activist Eddie McGuire for his group The Whistlebinkies who will perform it in this year's concert alongside student musicians. The Whistlebinkies have also recorded Scottish Circus together with 4'33'' for new music advocates Mode Records of New York for future release.
Scottish Circus was premiered during the 1990 Musica Nova Festival in Glasgow with John Cage in attendance. The Festival was a celebration of contemporary music presented by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) under the direction of the visionary and underrated Sir Alexander Gibson. At the time the legendary recording producer turned orchestra manager Christopher Bishop was chief executive of the RSNO, and some years ago he contributed a fascinating vignette of John Cage to On An Overgrown Path. Below is a short BBC documentary about the 1990 Musica Nova Festival.
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