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SAM RICHARDS is a composer, pianist, writer and broadcaster. In the 1960s he attended classes in improvisation with the composer Alfred Nieman and became involved in the musical experiments of Cornelius Cardew and others. After moving to Devon he began documenting local traditions of song and music. He has written radio plays with music, published articles on folklore in various journals and contributed a study of Gypsy songs to the Open University course book Everyday Culture. His original music for dance companies and theatre groups includes Fool's Holiday for Pete Kiddle's Theatre of Public Works. In 1991 he was funded by the Gulbenkian Foundation to pioneer a new music project entitled ‘Sonic Harvest', involving many musicians, new musical scores, improvisation and music in the landscape. This became the title of a 50-minute documentary film about Sam Richards and his music in 1995, and also his book: Sonic Harvest - Towards Musical Democracy.

John Cage as ... by Sam Richards publisher Amber Lane Press
ISBN: 9781872868172
Hardback, 194 pages
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Sam Richards
John Cage as ...

Not a biography of John Cage (1912-1992) in the conventional sense, but rather an assessment of the development of Cage’s oeuvre in the context of his interests and passions. Sam Richards examines all the strands that shaped Cage’s work, from the early experimental percussion music and pieces for the prepared piano in the 1930s and ‘40s before he started composing music by chance methods based on the Chinese Book of Changes, the I Ching (including the famous silent piece, 4'33" of 1952) through to the number of pieces he was still adding to shortly before his death in 1992.

With a bibliography and complete list of John Cage’s published works.



Sam Richards
Sonic Harvest - Towards Musical Democracy

For 25 years author and musician Sam Richards was on a quest - a musical quest: how does music assimilate or express the concepts of democracy, equality and community?

Challenging the traditions of the musical academy as he found them as a student, he explores the relationship between music and people, and explodes a few myths along the way.

Sonic Harvest takes us into the formative childhood experiences of popular music; into the experimental world of John Cage, Cornelius Cardew and free improvisation; into the arena of political song in the footsteps of Ewan McColl; into the Irish landscape in the footsteps of Sean O Riada; into folk clubs and festivals all over Britain; into Devon villages where local singers and squeezebox players entertain themselves in pubs, village halls and farm kitchens.



Sonic Harvest - Towards Musical Democracy by Sam Richards published by Amber Lane Press
ISBN: 9781872868073
191 pages
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