Theresa Sauer
Theresa Sauer, Author Notations 21

Theresa Sauer, Author Notations 21

Theresa is a musicologist, educator and composer who is absolutely dedicated to the Notations 21 Project. She sees the development of new notation around the world as an extraordinary phenomenon and wants to dedicate her work to communicating the incredible value she sees in each and every composer’s unique point of new and innovative style as genius.

Theresa ‘s goal would be to see new notation be part of all University’s music education program as well as K-12 around the country and the world. Opening the channels to these new ideas in communication solutions are what we will only see see more of in the future.

She is also a pianist, and composer of graphic score notation and is being interviewed about her work regularly.

To purchase notations 21 go to notations21.net



13 thoughts on “Theresa Sauer

  1. Notations 21 is a great piece of work, relevant well beyond music, though important for that. I am encouraging people in the design and design thinking communities to use it. It promotes deeper and clearer thinking about representation and performance – two questions of relevance to many fields.

    Posted by Steven Forth | August 22, 2009, 7:52 pm
  2. I totally agree with Theresa that new notation should be part of music education everywhere. I also believe that mainstay notation software packages, like Sibelius and Finale, should consider adding some of newer notation symbols and markings to their programs to allow composers, working with there programs, to begin introducing them to those musicians playing their work.

    Posted by Bob Paolinelli | August 29, 2010, 9:29 am
  3. Concert series NOTATIONS Amsterdam sends out an open call for vocalists to interpret 4 meditative scores by Theresa Sauer, inspired by Tibetan calligraphy.

    The concert will be part of an evening program including other musical / visual performances on Wed. 27 April 2011 at the Glazenhuis, Amstelpark Amsterdam.

    See jpg red-circle for an example of a score, as well as a movie made during a try-out-although this is not with vocalists-. More details and concert venues of NOTATIONS Amsterdam can be found on http://www.notations.nl See below for more background information about this initiative.

    If you have interested, please email Julie Dassaud: julie@kulter.nl.
    Do not hesitate to forward this email to vocalists you know!

    Thank you!




    NOTATIONS Amsterdam
    A concert series with performances about image, music and space. Source is the book Notations 21 [Theresa Sauer, 2009, in honour of John Cage’s Notations http://www.notations21.net ] in which musical notation and graphic scores, but also video and poetry are presented as visual art.

    In 1968 John Cage published his book ‘Notations’. Cage investigates in his book new developments in musical notation. 40 years later Notations 21 is published: A modern follow-up of the Cage book, in which author and curator Theresa Sauer shows the visual or textual components of musical notation.

    Sauer asked composers to publish notations or fragments of their work. These notations have also been published and performed in art galleries and the Chelsea Art Museum in New York.

    In 2010 an international group of artists, poets and composers, based in Amsterdam, forms a new platform for experimental music and visual arts, based on the Notations 21 book. Theresa Sauer becomes part of the project team.

    Posted by Janneke | March 7, 2011, 8:12 pm
  4. for the jpeg of the score see facebook: Kulter Amsterdam

    Posted by Janneke | March 7, 2011, 8:40 pm
  5. Hi Theresa. I am working with graphic scores by Mexican composers, and would be interested to start a dialogue with you about them. How can I reach you? You can find me at UNT College of Music website. -Ana A-M

    Posted by Ana | March 12, 2013, 5:47 pm
  6. thanks so much for this…

    Posted by notations21 | March 23, 2011, 6:37 pm
  7. Theresa, I am a music educator and multi-modal artist, and I discovered your book and love it! I just completed a successful unit on Graphic Scores with a 3rd grade here in Manhattan, where we conducted/interpreted one of the artist’s scores in your book using found sounds, body percussion and hand-held instruments! Then the students created their own graphic scores and formed groups to interpret/perform one another’s scores. I have been collecting children’s Invented Notations in my private music-teaching practice for the past year, and have been completely inspired by their work and also the work that you present in your book. Thank you so much!

    Posted by Christine de Michele | December 9, 2012, 12:16 am


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