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date: 23 January 2022

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This chapter examines Boletus Edulis—Musica Pendolare, a piece composed by Alvin Curran for a train line in Northern Italy in 2008, as an homage and commemoration of John Cage. It discusses two aspects of music that have been long-time interests for Curran. These include improvisation within structure and working in concert with large groups of people. This chapter compares Curran’s “real” anarchism with Cage’s brand of hands-off musical anarchism, as well as the different roles that improvisation plays in their aesthetics.

Keywords: Boletus Edulis—Musica Pendolare, Alvin Curran, John Cage, improvisation, anarchism, politics, Italy, modernism, environmental composition, popular music

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