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The second piece the Great Learning Orchestra ever played was Erik Satie’s Vexations, composed around 1893. After playing Terry Riley's In C the orchestra discussed what to do next. When they looked back in time to the early deeds of Terry Riley and John Cage, they found that John Cage was part of the first performance of Vexations, in 1963. The title translates Irritations, and Satie wrote it after his one and only love affair had ended. He wrote… read more

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