Composed Improvisation L (2010)








For any number of performers, but no more than four. If more than two performers participate, they should be positioned as far away as possible from each other. The performer selects an instrument that s/he either doesn’t know how to play, or can only play poorly. S/he practices this instrument until s/he is able to perform it sight-reading from a given score (preferably an elementary textbook for the chosen instrument), but only very erratically. When this state is attained, practice no more. The performer writes a score, or transcribes a “found score,” using a luminous (glow-in-the-dark) marker. If possible, the “found score” should be taken from an unpracticed section of the elementary textbook. In the performance, the lighting of the venue is set as dark as possible making the reading of the glow-in-the-dark score possible, while reducing the visibility of the instrument.


ellen c. covito