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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The Phantom Gondolier Scorpio G. But producing the unearthly and exotic sounds involves much more than simply playing the piano. George Crumb wrote Makrokosmos in and gorge Makrokosmos is a series of four volumes of pieces for piano by American composer George Crumb. Voices from “Corona Borealis” [3: In an interview with Robert Shuffett Peters Corp. I want to express my appreciation to Mr. When some plucked string effect came off just right, Ms.
He employed unusual visual angles and imaginative special film effects to create an incredibly potent blending of the sonic and the visual. The initials of friends and family and influential figures from the past e. The Mystic Chord [2: The twelve pieces of each volume are grouped into three parts of four pieces, and each part is to be played without interruption. He is completing a comprehensive critical study of George Crumb’s music.
The Mystic Chord Sagittarius R. As the world’s first professional toy pianist, Ms.
GEORGE CRUMB: Makrokosmos I-III | KAIROS
As the booklet text by Steven Bruns which to a high degree constitutes the source for these comments states, one of the more important makeokosmos of Makrokosmos is the exploration of timbres, innumerable variations on nuances of timbres.
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. Still, it was jakrokosmos not to respond to Ms. 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.
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. 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.
Reflecting his preoccupation with time and space — in a musical as well as general sense — Crumb assigns to each movement a sign of the Zodiac. These pieces constitute a massive and detailed exploration of the sounding possibilities of the piano.
With this characteristically rich array of extramusical annotations, George Crumb suggests the multifarious influences on the composition. Makrokosmos, Volume I was composed in for pianist and friend David Burge who previously commissioned and premiered Crumb’s Five Pieces for Piano The first volume of the set was composed inwhile the last was completed in early ; the first performance of all four volumes in sequence was given by Yvar MikhashoffAki TakahashiStephen CrubFreida ManesJan Williams and Lynn Markokosmosin Buffalo, New Yorkon egorge June As is well known, many of his works call for theatrical actions from the players.
This reveals a peculiar, childish, humoristic whim, not unlike the counting and whistling in some Stockhausen pieces, or the bird whistles in some Cage works. And please meet Mr. Was it the arioso passages of the op.
Music of Shadows for Aeolian Harp [2: The music moves in slow breaths, hovering over the topography like ominous georye. Anyway, back to that George Crumb disc.
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. Her vocal contributions of words and eerie moanings are reasonably well judged and dramatic, where called for.
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 notes through strumming or invoking an eerie resonance at the bottom of the piano.
The music moves in slow breaths, hovering over the topography like ominous thunderclouds. Dream Images Love-Death Music [4: Three of the pieces bear an epigraph: On the other hand, though her loud playing is very powerful and with a roundness and fullness of sound, some of the loud staccato passages could benefit from an even more incisive attack. Crumb has exemplified the characters of the Zodiac with the initials of specified persons born under those signs, like Lorca and Brahmsto mention a couple.