Bach at St Cecilia's Hall 1976

Friday, May 21, 1976
from around 7.30 pm to around 9.15 pm
1976 season, 1st concert

First of a series of seven concerts entitled 'Bach at St Cecilia's Hall', given mostly at St Cecilia's Hall in the summer of 1976.


Leon Coates
David Dorward
Colin Kingsley
Kenneth Leighton
Michael Lester-Cribb
Peter Williams

Work(s) / Composer(s) / Opus No(s): 

H*PS*CH*D ... John Cage and Lejaren Hiller

     A multi-medium environment for one to seven solo harpsichords,
       one to fifty-one computer-generated sound tapes and random image projectors.


Commissioned by Antoinette Vischer
Composed by John Cage, (b.1912) and Lejaren Hiller (b. 1924)
Assisted by Laetitia Snow
The ILLIAC II computer of Illinois University
The 'I Ching' or the Book of Changes and
the 'Introduction to the compostion of waltzes by means of dice' attributed to Mozart
Premiered at the University of Illinois, Urbana under the aegis of
the Experimental Music Studio and the Department of Computer Science
on May 16, 1969


Series brochure: 12 pages
Programme Notes: 

Programme notes by Roger Savage (double-sided typed A4 sheet)

Special ticket (A5 size on beige card) with details of the work, offered the audience the opportunity to sit down during the performance or to move about during the performance.

Ticket and/or Programme Price(s): 
Tickets 80p, Students 35p - in advance only, not for sale at the door, (Season ticket for any 6 concerts, £4)
Publicity and Reviews: 

Special poster described this event as"an indeterminate concert". Poster was long and thin (half A2 size), black paper with brown waves and orange printing in modern 1970s computer-style typeface.



On p.10 of the brochure there is a list of lectures given in support and in advance of the concerts at 7pm as follows: Edward Harper, 'The Piano Music of Bartok' (30 May), Hans Gal, 'The Violin/Harpsichord Concertos' (5 June), and Michael Chibbett, 'French and Italian Elements in Bach' (12 June). There is also an advert for a recording of the harpsichord used on 5 and 6 June, and a note of some of the items to be performed at the 'Bach at St Cecilia's Hall 1977' series.

[Reid] Professor: 
The Summerhall Press Limited, 12a West Newington Place, Edinburgh

First performed at the University of Illinois, 1969.
The programme includes the note that this, the Scottish premiere of the work, was realized and produced for this occasion by Roger Savage, Michael Porter, Gavin Nettleton and Andrew Swales.

First Performance in Scotland: