The Great Learning

Music, Classical and opera
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The Great Learning
© Andrew Brackenbury
Union Chapel

A rare chance to hear a seminal nine-hour piece from Britain’s great experimental pioneer Cornelius Cardew (1936-81) over two evenings. Composed in seven large-scale paragraphs, ‘The Great Learning’ is based on the teachings of Confucius and calls for a large number of trained and untrained musicians, both singing and using conventional and unconventional instruments. The performance is led by original members of Cardew’s Scratch Orchestra: John Tilbury, Dave Smith and Michael Parsons.

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