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A new double CD release with Japanese pianist Yoshiko Shimizu, playing George Crumb´s Makrokosmos, Volume I, Volume II and Music for a. George Crumb’s Makrokosmos pieces for amplified piano were created during an especially fertile period of his compositional career. Crumb had received the. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the CD release of Makrokosmos I -IV on Discogs.

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What Margaret Leng Tan achieves particularly well in her performance is the shading of the softer dynamics from p to ppp and she really draws the listener into the melodic shapes and layering of texture in this dynamic range.

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

One of the most celebrated performers of John Cage’s music, Ms.

George Crumb on the DVD version: The blurry washes of sound throughout result from strategic use of the damper and makro,osmos pedals, and all three pedals are used to create myriad gradations of color. By the way, the Crumb video is currently in my Netflix queue so I can watch it all again.


Chopin on track 11! Ah, life is much sweeter in DVD Land. Grorge the DVD vividly captures the sonic nuances of the concert hall, our eyes get a special play-by-play perspective. In other passages, the pianist produces unpitched percussive effects by knocking on the metal crossbeams and soundboard of the instrument. The Phantom Gondolier [2: This page was last edited on 24 Novemberat In one work she used a glass tumbler to glide up and down the depressed strings to produce distant banshee cries or whistles, all of which were subjected to discreet amplification that prolonged and bent the tones.


Retrieved from ” https: 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 heorge.

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. The collection is subtitled Twelve Fantasy-Pieces after the Zodiac and is scored for amplified piano. The second volume of Makrokosmos was completed in As the pianist Margaret Leng Tan demonstrated on Saturday night at Zankel Hall, you must also be a physically flexible and focused actor.

Compositions by George Crumb. At one stage in the genesis of MakrokosmosCrumb had planned three volumes, each with nine pieces plus an Epilogue.

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. The Abyss of Time [2: The palette of traditional pianistic colors — those produced by playing on the keyboard as usual — is enriched by traversing the entire pitch range of the instrument, using special pedal effects, crmub exploiting an extraordinarily wide dynamic range amplification makes possible not only tremendously loud sounds, but also helps us to hear extremely soft ones.

The Mystic Chord Sagittarius R. This music is new and old; a remembrance of past eras in this new rippling of fast moving fingers up and down the keyboard! Cruumb may seem a mighty task, but solely the honest intention of achieving something like that is bound to reach far, and far he has reached.


The extended techniques are not the only reason for this heightened resonance and reverberance.

George Crumb – Makrokosmos Books 1 and 2

The record industry is poised at the very first beginning of a totally new concept for makrkoosmos new music to the public and I feel that Mr. Unlike Cage, however, Crumb has the pianist place and remove these objects during performance, not beforehand.

The extended sound-world of the piano called upon in order to perform Makrokosmos includes techniques such as glissandi on the strings, production of harmonics, percussion on crossbeams and the soundboard, pizzicato, the use of a wire brush, the use of a light metal 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 geotge through strumming or invoking an eerie resonance at the bottom of the piano.

This may seem a mighty task, but solely the honest intention of achieving something like that is bound to reach far, and far he has reached.

George Crumb wrote Makrokosmos in and Of course, many un-orthodox playing practices are exercised by the brilliant pianist Margaret Leng Tan, like plucking strings inside the piano, playing glissandi across strings, sliding a scrape along a string and so forth – and the truly extraneous sound appears in whistles and vocal utterances Primeval Sounds Genesis I [4: This is a true listening adventure for the clean-eared! Chopin on track 11!

As can be viewed above, Crumb also had an affinity for fantasy-evoking titles!