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> Antoine Beuger
calme étendue (spinoza)
Antoine Beuger, speaker
The first step composer Antoine Beuger took, in his attempt to approach Spinoza‘s Ethics
musically, was to copy out all the monosyllabic words of this book in
the order of their appearance: a total of about 40,000 words.
This method gave him the opportunity to read the text very attentively
and carefully from beginning to end, and, without intending to
understand each of its details, to experience its force, the plurality
of ‚streams‘ at work in it, and the clear and
life-affirming attitude it conveys.
In performing calme étendue (spinoza),
the words are spoken in a very relaxed tempo (one word every 8 seconds)
and with a very quiet voice. The performer should not - through
emphasis or intonation - try and suggest a specific sense to the
individual words or groups of words.
Spoken sections alternate with sections of silence. In these silent
sections, the performer just sits quietly, doing nothing: calm
A complete performance of calme étendue (spinoza) lasts about 180 hours.
In August, 1997, the composer carried out a complete performance of the
work at the Museum Schloss Morsbroich, Leverkusen: 26 consecutive days,
6 to 10 hours daily, according to the opening hours of the museum.
The version on this CD has a duration of about 70 minutes and begins with a nine minute silence.