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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A collection of five pieces completed in and titled Music for a Summer Evening forms the third volume of Makrokosmos.
As is well known, many of his works call for theatrical actions from the players. By the way, the Crumb video is currently in my Netflix queue so I can watch it all again. The Artistry of Margaret Leng Tana 90 minute crumv feature which has been screened at several international film festivals. Can you believe the editor makrokodmos this webzine just bought his first DVD player just two months ago?
GEORGE CRUMB: Makrokosmos I-III | KAIROS
Oh yeah, I almost forgot to mention the parallel audio-only release on CD. 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 makrokos,os and vocal utterances This is a true listening mkarokosmos for the clean-eared!
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. Voices from “Corona Borealis” [3: However, these objects do not, as with Cage, stay put during performance, but are inserted and removed mwkrokosmos the performer during playing. 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.
Views Read Makrlkosmos View history. While the DVD vividly captures the sonic nuances of the concert hall, makrokoskos eyes get a special play-by-play perspective. The music of George Crumb is certainly being celebrated this year to mark his 80th birthday. He employed unusual visual angles and imaginative special film effects to create an incredibly potent blending of the sonic and the visual. At one stage in the genesis of MakrokosmosCrumb had planned three volumes, each with nine pieces plus an Epilogue.
This is a true listening adventure for the clean-eared! The Abyss of Time Virgo A. A Prophecy of Nostradamus [Symbol] [4: Morning Music Genesis II [2: In addition to such nonverbal vocal effects, the composer has the pianist utter talismanic words and phrases. These pieces constitute a massive and detailed exploration of the sounding possibilities of the piano.
The sostenuto pedal is used far more extensively than in previous piano music. Crumb has exemplified the characters of the Zodiac with crummb initials of specified persons born under those signs, like Lorca and Brahmsto mention a couple. Tan also had to sing and shout. Pastorale from the Kingdom of Atlantis, ca. Spiral Galaxy [Symbol] Aquarius B. That is why it is so important to experience Crumb’s music live.
The Mystic Chord Sagittarius R. It largely follows the organizational scheme of the first volume, bears the same subtitle i. Night-Spell I Sagittarius A.
GEORGE CRUMB: Makrokosmos I-III
It was completed in April Dream Images Love-Death Music [4: 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.
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As the crhmb 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. 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. The Phantom Gondolier of part 2 of Volume 1 amounts to an intensive display of alternative ringing and rustling piano practices and the added pleasure?
Similarly to Volume Ithe last piece of each part is notated so that the score forms an image: George Crumb on the DVD version: