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John Cage: ‘Songbooks’ (1970)

John Cage: ‘Songbooks’, virtually provides a society-model, based on the idea of transcen-dentalist philosopher Henry David Thoreau (1817-64), that the best government is one that governs not at all. According to Thoreau, the government should not be eliminated immediately, but virtually set itself the target of its own elimination.
With the songbooks, the performer is not being ‘governed’, but involved in a creative process, where he must take responsibility for composing and arranging her own part, thereby being gently guided by the composer.

performed 2016, at Trafo Club, Budapest.