This item is not in the library — it is a part of: C. Cardew (ed.), Nature Study Notes (full, 1969).

Rule 1: In the first third of the piece approx. 1 in 6 sounds to be loud and short (P); approx. 1 in 6 to be long (up to 20 secs) and quiet (Q); the rest to be short and quiet (R).
Method: let x be the time available in minutes, and y be the number of players participating. 2x/y=z = the number of sounds (nearest whole number) to be made by each player in the first third of x. If z≥12, each player to make 2Ps, 2Qs and the rest Rs (all freely distributed). If 12>z≥6, each makes 1P, 1Q and the rest Rs. If z=3, 4, or 5, each makes 1P or 1Q and the rest Rs. If z=1 or 2, only the occasional player to make a P or a Q, the rest make R only, If z<1: either ½ Rs may be attempted, with an occasional ½P or ½Q, or: a certain number of plaers (sufficient to make z=1) should be silent for the first third of x, or: a combination of similar systems designed to uphold rule 1.
Rule 2: Proceed smoothly from the first third through the remainder of the piece.


Quiet Rite. F: a composition by Margery Wardle.

Cornelius Cardew

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