Many of the world's leading scholars and interpreters of late 20th-century music are converging upon Northeastern University January 18-19 to celebrate a musical pioneer. The late Earle Brown, whose highly influential open form techniques exploded the possibilities of written music, will be the subject of a symposium appropriately entitled Beyond Notation.
Featured performers will include members of the Boston Symphony, pianists Steffen Schleiermacher and Stephen Drury, and Drury's Callithumpian Consort, and the weekend's distinguished speakers include Richard Toop (author of György Ligeti), Kyle Gann (No Such Thing as Silence: John Cage's 4'33), composer Christian Wolff and Carolyn Brown of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.
Though Brown is often grouped with the so-called New York School of composers, along with John Cage, Morton Feldman, and Wolff, the symposium's performances will place him in a global context. Listeners
can trace the influence of Brown's musical ideas not only on American composers like Feldman and John Zorn but also on his European contemporaries Pierre Boulez and Karlheinz Stockhausen.
In addition, Northeastern University is presenting the U.S. premiere of Brown's sound installation Music for Galerie Stadler (1964), part of a multimedia collaboration with artist David Budd and writer William Burroughs, at Galerie 360.