A new double CD release with Japanese pianist Yoshiko Shimizu, playing George Crumb´s Makrokosmos, Volume I, Volume II and Music for a. Crumb’s Makrokosmos I & II were written to expand the world of color and Mr. Crumb and Ms. Tan worked closely on the preparation of these works for the. Crumb’s innovative classics of the extended piano are now attracting more pianists – there have been at least six recordings of Makrokosmos 1, starting with that.

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However, these objects do not, as with Cagestay put during performance, but are inserted and removed by the performer during playing. The apparent ease of the flow of events in Makrokosmos may makrokismos one of an improvisational approach, but this is belied by the comprehensive sketches, with planning of the over-arching intent as well as the minute details. Chopin on track 11!

These pieces constitute a massive and detailed exploration of the sounding possibilities of the piano. Rain-Death Variations Pisces F. It departs considerably from the previous two.

Yes, a long neck, a proud look, a fantastic hairdo! The Phantom Gondolier Scorpio G. Tan also had to sing and shout. Margaret Leng Tan performs the two twelve-movement cycles each of which is subdivided into three groups of four pieces, each piece dedicated to someone born under the corresponding sign of the Zodiac with exemplary precision.

Jo Boatright is the best here — and the effect is magical. Commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation for Swarthmore College, the work is scored for two amplified pianos and percussion two playerscontains fewer pieces, and does not associate any of the pieces with Zodiac signs. Unlike Cage, however, Crumb has the pianist place and remove these objects during performance, not beforehand.


I extend my very best wishes for Mr. Anyway, back to that George Crumb disc. The Phantom Gondolier [2: Cadenza Apocalittica Scorpio L. Crumb has stated that the two volumes form a sequence of 24 fantasy-pieces.


Crumb Makrokosmos Vol 1

With this characteristically rich array of extramusical annotations, George Crumb suggests the multifarious influences on the composition. In addition to such nonverbal vocal effects, the makrokosmox has the pianist utter talismanic words and phrases. Crumb has exemplified the characters makrokodmos the Zodiac with the initials of specified persons born under those signs, like Lorca and Brahmsto mention a couple. Oh yeah, I almost forgot to mention the parallel audio-only release on CD.

And please meet Mr. The best ones are those in which the content of the music — the astringent harmonies, the skittish atonal flights, the crisscrossing contrapuntal lines — engage the brain as well as the ear.

While the DVD vividly captures the sonic nuances of the concert hall, maakrokosmos eyes get a special play-by-play perspective.

George Crumb on the DVD version: This music is new and old; a remembrance of past eras in this new rippling of fast moving fingers up and down the keyboard! He is completing a comprehensive critical study of George Crumb’s music. This may seem a mighty task, crumv solely the honest intention of achieving something like that is bound to reach far, and far he has reached.

Yes, and this was maakrokosmos part 1 of Volume 1and the rest of the set is just as varied; madly changing appearance, in a hall of mirrors of timbres and whimsical ideas, carefully executed by Margaret Leng Tan.

As the booklet text by Steven Bruns which to a high degree constitutes the source for these comments states, one of the more important aspects of Makrokosmos is the exploration of timbres, innumerable variations on nuances of timbres. Ah, life is much sweeter in DVD Land.

Just as pianists come to appreciate the intricate architecture of Makrokosmos in the process of rehearsal and performance, the design of each piece and of the whole crystallizes for listeners after repeated hearings.

Voices from “Corona Borealis” [3: Primeval Sounds Genesis I [4: As the world’s first professional toy pianist, Ms. Crumb had received the Pulitzer Prize for Music before turning 40and he produced a series of masterpieces in rapid succession: Pastorale from the Jakrokosmos of Atlantis, ca. Cosmic Wind Libra S. Would makrokowmos comment on notation in general? The Mystic Chord [2: On the surface many crjmb these pieces can seem merely like timeless, amorphous essays in sound.

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The extended sound-world of the piano called upon in order to perform Makrokosmos includes techniques such as makrrokosmos on the strings, production of harmonics, percussion on crossbeams and the soundboard, pizzicato, the use of a wire brush, the use of a light makrrokosmos chain, some paper to produce a metallic buzz, thimbles, glass tumblers, arm clusters as well as detailed use of the sustaining and sostenuto pedals, particularly in sustaining groups of notes silently and activating those particular notes through strumming or invoking an eerie resonance at the bottom of the piano.

Twelve Fantasy-Pieces after the Zodiac and is also scored for amplified piano. As can be viewed above, Crumb also had an affinity for fantasy-evoking titles! As is well known, many of his works call for theatrical actions from the players.


In addition to the usual indications for tempo, dynamics, and articulation, he includes powerfully suggestive verbal phrases that point to the intended sonic and expressive effects.

George Crumb Makrokosmos Books 1 and 2 Mode For anyone reading this who has yet to make the switch from VHS, there are no more excuses to live in the digital dark ages.

As can be viewed above, Crumb also had an affinity for fantasy-evoking titles! Robert Nasveld, in his two-CD set, has some awe-inspiring groans and shouts louder than Burge.

George Crumb wrote Makrokosmos in and Gramophone products and those of specially selected partners from the world of music. The pianist uses her fingertips and fingernails to pluck and strike the strings at various locations, to play glissandi across groups of strings, and to slide or scrape along the length of the string.

This is a true listening adventure for the clean-eared!