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Aug 13, 2013 03:04 AM EDT | Logan K. Young (

Would YOU Like to Write a Piece for the London Sinfonietta's RSVP?

Apropos of James Tenney's wife, Carolee Schneemann, Classicalite's RSVP for the London Sinfonietta is called, "Having Never Written a Note for Jerome Caja." (Photo : Logan K. Young)

In the spirit of James Tenney's Postal Pieces, the London Sinfonietta has extended its RSVP for you to write them a piece of music.

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No, really.

Said piece may be long or short, monophonic or polyphonic, abstract or figurative. Moreover, you can notate it, draw it, write it or describe the piece any which way you choose.

All this leading contemporary music ensemble asks is that your composition fits on the back of a postcard.

As for instrumentation, you are welcome to write for any combination of flute, violin, viola, cello, piano and percussion (or you can just send in an open score and let the Londoners decide on the arrangement).

Members of the London Sinfonietta will perform a selection of their favorite postcards--alongside Tenney's own epistles--during the Kings Place Festival on Sunday, September 15.

RSVPs can be presented on any size, shape and color of postcard, and this here template is also available.

Whatever you do, please do remember to post your pieces before Wednesday, August 14 via the following address:

London Sinfonietta
Kings Place
90 York Way
N1 9AG

Postal Pieces were composed by pioneering composer James Tenney. A set of ten postcards, each contains a piece of experimental music designed to explore the relationship between form and perception.

[N.B. Check out the Sinfonietta's Facebook page for a cool selection of RSVPs thus far.]

Tenney wanted listeners to “really listen to the sounds, get inside them, notice the details and consider or meditate on the overall shape of the piece, simple as it may listen to the sounds for themselves rather than in relation to what preceded or what will follow.”

How you, dear Classicalites, go about Tenney's tenent is entirely up to you.

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