I'm prepping for a performance of La Monte Young's composition Composition #7 1969. The work is simple, almost controversially simple, in a 4"33 kind of way. The score for the piece consists of a B/F# drone, with the instructions "To be held for a long time". It's interesting working with such few materials in a composition.. and in such a potentially long composition, too! It makes me think that performing a work with such few components ceases to be a performance and becomes almost a ritual, a meditation in practice.. which is an idea that La Monte Young favoured. The question is, how does one listen to Composition #7 1969? That's an idea I'll observe when I perform the piece at Brock University's Nuit Brock performance art festival. Keep a look out for me!
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Tyler Versluis is a composer and pianist.