The Bounds of Freedom

«Catch II» von Roman Haubenstock-Ramati

Dario Agazzi
Taking as his starting point Roman Haubenstock-Ramati’s Catch II, a piece for one or two pianos first performed in 1968, Dario Agazzi discusses the question of how far this composer should be considered as belonging to the current of aleatoric music. He shows that the work’s graphic notation is not at all conceived as an inspiration for free improvisation, but as a score to be read and performed precisely. In connection with his analytical argument, Agazzi discusses the two interpretations by Carol Morgan, the only performer to have recorded Catch II.

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