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System Piece 1

for chamber orchestra with ad lib. musicians

Instrumentation:  chamber orchestra is 1111; 1000; strings

Instrumentation  chamber orchestra is 1111; ...

Composer:   Jonathan Besser


The composer writes, "I supply all the musicians with a pitch and alphabet letter scale. Each musician composes their own instrumental part at the rehearsal following a code supplied – they all spell their names and their instrument's name, and build the musical material out of the corresponding pitches (that go with the letters)."

Performance history

21 Oct 2007: Gone to the Beach III