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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Music of Shadows for Aeolian Harp [2: But as these were composer supervised recordings, and the whistling is indeed very professional sounding, with good theremin sounds, Crumb must have supported the idea.

Commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation for Swarthmore College, the work is scored for two amplified pianos and percussion two players makroksmos, contains fewer pieces, and does not associate any of the pieces with Zodiac signs. Volume II comprises the following works:. Makrokosmos, Volume I was composed in for pianist and friend David Burge who previously commissioned and premiered Crumb’s Five Pieces for Piano However, these objects do not, as with Cage, stay put during performance, but are inserted and removed by the performer during playing.

As is well known, many of his works call for theatrical actions from the players. Tan would thrust her hands into the air, her fingers spread, like a sorceress pleased with some new spice she had added to a gurgling brew.

Still, it was impossible not to respond to Ms. This is a true listening adventure for the clean-eared! 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 makgokosmos the length of the string.

Makrokosmos – Wikipedia

Some of these do remind me not so little of Terry Riley ‘s habit of giving his pieces beautiful and thought-provoking titles, like on his album Harp of New Albion piano in just intonation and Salome Dances for Peace String Quartet Crumb has connected this musical venture with the star signs of the Zodiac.


Night-Spell I Sagittarius A. The Phantom Gondolier Scorpio G. Voices from “Corona Borealis” [3: This may seem a mighty task, but solely the honest intention of achieving something like that is bound cru,b reach far, and far he has reached.

Chopin on track 11! Crumb has designed the last of the four parts of the three divisions of the two sections as a symbol, thus in Volume 1 presenting piece number 4 as a cross, number 8 as circle and number 12 as a spiral. She creates translucent harmonics by lightly touching nodal points on the strings. Your calligraphy and careful notation have occasioned much commentary over the years. One of the most celebrated performers of John Cage’s music, Ms.

Tan has transformed a toy into a legitimate instrument. Spiral Galaxy [Symbol] [2: The initials of friends and family and influential figures from the past e.

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As can be viewed above, Crumb also had an affinity for fantasy-evoking titles! These pieces constitute a massive and detailed exploration of the sounding possibilities of the piano. Litany of the Galactic Bells Leo R. Her vocal contributions of words and eerie moanings are reasonably well judged and dramatic, where called for.

Tan’s talent in his Sorceress of the New Piano: New Music BoxIssue 70 – Vol.

The blurry washes of sound throughout result from strategic use of the damper and sostenuto pedals, and all three pedals are used to create myriad gradations of color.

The record industry is poised at the very first beginning of a totally new concept for delivering new music to the public and I feel that Mr. The Mystic Chord [2: The extended techniques are not the only reason for this heightened resonance and reverberance. As the pianist Margaret Leng Tan demonstrated on Saturday night at Zankel Hall, you must also be a physically flexible and focused frumb.


In addition to the usual indications for tempo, dynamics, maakrokosmos articulation, he includes powerfully suggestive verbal phrases that point to the intended sonic and expressive effects. This music is new and old; a remembrance of past eras in this new rippling of fast moving fingers up and down the keyboard!

Yes, a long neck, a proud look, a fantastic hairdo! It was completed in April Spiral Galaxy [Symbol] Aquarius B. A collection of five makrokosmps completed in and titled Music for a Summer Evening forms the third volume of Makrokosmos.

DRAM: Notes for “George Crumb: Makrokosmos I & II”

Makrokosmos is a series of four volumes of pieces for piano by American composer George Crumb. The twelve pieces of each volume are grouped into three parts of four pieces, and each part is to be played without interruption.

Retrieved from ” https: The music moves in slow breaths, hovering over the topography like ominous thunderclouds. However, these objects do not, as with Cagestay put during performance, but are inserted and removed by the performer during playing. As can nakrokosmos viewed above, Crumb also had an affinity for maktokosmos titles! I extend my very best wishes for Mr. Indeed, very few post piano compositions continue to be so widely performed and recorded, and from the present vantage point, it seems increasingly certain that these pieces have earned a secure place in the repertoire.

Similarly to Volume Ithe last makrolosmos of each part is notated so that the score forms an image: