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Calder Piece At Tate Modern

25/09/2015
Earle Brown’s ‘Mobile’ work gets UK premiere
The Tate Modern will host the UK premiere of Earle Brown’s 1966 composition Calder Piece on 10 November 2015 at 6.30pm with further performances of the work at 8pm on the same day and 15 November at 6.30pm. This will be the first performance of the work in over 30 years as Brown had specific instructions that Calder Piece was never to be played without the Calder mobile.

The piece’s history began with two artists admiring each others work and resulted in a collaboration to produce a unique performance piece. Earle Brown’s open style of composing had been referred to as “mobile composition” so it would be fate that the mobile artist and the mobile composer would meet in 1953. The two began to design a percussion piece after Brown was commissioned by the Paris Percussion Quartet in 1963. The mobile Calder created was named Chef d’Orchestre which translates to “conductor”. Not only does Calder’s mobile “lead” the quartet’s performance but it becomes one of the 100 instruments needed in the score. The piece made its world premiere in 1967 at the Théâtre de l’Atelier in Paris.

For the November 2015 concerts, The Guildhall School of Music will lend its percussion ensemble and another Brown work, November 1952 (based on Cage’s Atlas Eclipticalis) will conclude the concerts. The concerts will coincide with the opening of the Tate Modern's exhibition: Alexander Calder: Performing Sculptures.
 

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