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Cornelius Cardew (Composer)

Born: 7th May 1936, Winchcombe, Glos. UK

Died: 13th December 1981, Leyton, London, UK

Nationality: British

Cornelius Cardew was an English experimental music composer, and founder (with Howard Skempton and Michael Parsons) of the Scratch Orchestra, an experimental performing ensemble. He later rejected experimental music, explaining why he had "discontinued composing in an avantgarde idiom" in his own programme notes to his Piano Album 1973.