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John Tilbury plays Samuel Beckett

John Tilbury presents interpretations of two radio pieces by Beckett - Cascando and Rough for Radio 1. For the first he speaks both parts and plays subtly electronically modulated piano, for the second he is joined by Christina Jones (speaking) and Eddie Prevost and Sebastian Lexer (music, or rather sound interludes). 


Samuel Beckett / composition

John Tilbury / piano and voice

Sebastian Lexer / electronics

Christina Jones / voice



1. Cascando - 22:44
2. Rough for Radio - 19:01 


Recorded at Trinity College of Music, Greenwich, and the Electronic Music Studios of Goldsmiths College, London between 2004 and 2005. Front cover: 'Script' by Janice Tilbury.

Available as 320k MP3 or 16bit FLAC.  

John Tilbury

John Tilbury is renowned for his peerless interpretation of the piano music of Morton Feldman, John Cage, Christian Wolff and Howard Skempton. In addition to the performances and seminal recordings that he has made of these composers’ works, he has been an eloquent advocate of their music in his writing and speaking about them. The same is true of the attention he has paid to the music and ideas of Cornelius Cardew, the subject of his authoritative biography published in 2008, and with whom he played in the legendary improvisation groups the Scratch Orchestra and AMM. In the last ten years John Tilbury has performed a range of plays and prose pieces by Samuel Beckett.

Video by Helen Petts