Wandelweiser

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The Wandelweiser Group is an international group of composers/performers. It was founded in 1992 by Dutch-born flautist Antoine Beuger and German violinist Burkhard Schlothauer. In 1993 Swiss clarinetist Jürg Frey was invited to join, followed by American guitarist Michael Pisaro, Swiss pianist Manfred Werder, then Austrian trombonist Radu Malfatti the following year, then American trombonist Craig Shepard, and others. The group runs its own publishing operation, Edition Wandelweiser, and its own record label Wandelweiser Records.

The music of the Wandelweiser collective is characterized by sparse, quiet, fragile soundscapes incorporating frequent silences[1]. According to Radu Malfatti, Wandelweiser music is about "the evaluation and integration of silence(s) rather than an ongoing carpet of never-ending sounds." Michael Pisaro suggests that Wandelweiser works, which often involve extended durations of multiple hours or longer[2], offer an alternative relationship to time; these pieces "become not a duration to mark, but a space to occupy".[3]

John Cage is a figure of central importance to the Wandelweiser composers; their music is often referred to as "silent music," taking as its starting point Cage’s work 4'33", the first composition to consist largely of silence, after the "Marche Funebre" by the Frenchman Alphonse Allais. According to Pisaro, "Beginning with the music of John Cage, it has become possible to see time as having its own structure: not as something imposed on it from the outside by music, but something which is already present, which exists alongside the music."[4]

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  1. ^ Ross, Alex. "The Composers of Quiet". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  2. ^ Ross, Alex. "The Composers of Quiet". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  3. ^ Gottschalk, Jennie (2016). experimental music since 1970. New York: Bloomsbury. p. 135. ISBN 978-1-6289-2248-6.
  4. ^ Gottschalk, Jennie (2016). experimental music since 1970. New York: Bloomsbury. p. 135. ISBN 978-1-6289-2248-6.

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