Notations 21: Breaking the Boundaries
Notations 21: Breaking the Boundaries is a celebration of innovations in musical notation, employing an appreciative aesthetic for both the aural and visual beauty of these creations. The
musical scores in this exhibition were created by composers whose creativity could not be
confined by the staff and clef of traditional western notation, but whose musical language
can communicate with the contemporary audience in a uniquely powerful way.
The Hutchins Gallery Exhibition
Notations 21: Breaking the Boundaries, curated by Theresa Sauer, celebrates the debut of Nota-
tions 21 (Mark Batty Publisher, NY/ Thames & Hudson, Internationally, March 2009), which
is the 40th anniversary of John Cage's groundbreaking collection of notational styles, Nota-
tions (Something Else Press, 1969). Both Notations 21 and this exhibition were inspired by a
common interest: that is, to collect and appreciate the creations of modern and contemporary
composers, to publicize their works, and to inspire today's audiences with their brilliant innovations.
Musicologist Theresa Sauer sought out today's graphic composers to explore the direction graphic notation has gone in recent decades. The graphic scores of today possess the same aesthetic appeal and duality that stir the visual and auditory senses as those of Cage's generation, but they have cast their net of possibility wider. Over 150 composers from all reaches of the globe are profiled in Notations 21, following in Cage's footsteps of making even more public the next generation of convention-breaking composers. Gorgeous artwork adorns essays on personal philosophies that, like Cage, reveal through artwork the interface of these composers' inner and outer lives.
There will be a reception on May 17, 2009 at 2:00pm at the beautiful Hutchins Gallery located downstairs at the CW Post Library located at the Long Island University Campus, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville NY 11548. Booksigning of the Notations 21 anthology, concert and refreshments will be served.
Curator Theresa Sauer Associate Curator Regina Bougoyon