William Cope’s Updates

"Repeat 840 Times"

... is what Eric Sartie wrote at the foot of a page of his typically rambling, wistful music.

John Cale shows the page of manuscript to a silly quiz show host. Then he played 1/840th of the composition.

Media embedded February 17, 2017

Sartie's "Vexations" has been played only once in full, and only one person lasted for the whole performance. The whole, very Velvet Underground story is told here.