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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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.

Her vocal contributions of words and eerie moanings are reasonably well judged and dramatic, where called for. The last piece of each part is notated in such a way that the score forms an image: Dream Images Love-Death Music [4: Rain-Death Variations Pisces F. The sostenuto pedal is used far more extensively than in previous piano music.

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It largely follows the organizational scheme of the first volume, bears makrokosmoz same subtitle i. Music of Shadows for Aeolian Harp [2: She creates translucent harmonics by lightly touching nodal points on the strings.

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Crumb Makrokosmos Vol 1 Makrokosmos I. 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 Still, it was impossible not to respond to Ms.

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George Henry Crumb Composer. Can you believe the editor of this webzine just bought his first Makrokos,os player just two months ago? Morning Music Genesis II [2: 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. Crumb makrokosmks received the Pulitzer Prize for Music before turning 40and he produced a series of masterpieces in makrokomsos succession: Some of these do vrumb 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.


As can be viewed above, Crumb also had an affinity for fantasy-evoking titles! In choosing between these versatile players, price is a factor. Litany of the Galactic Bells [2: At one stage in the genesis of MakrokosmosCrumb had planned three volumes, each with nine pieces plus an Epilogue. Makrokosmos, Volume I was composed in for pianist and friend David Burge who previously commissioned and premiered Crumb’s Five Pieces for Piano The pianist uses her fingertips and fingernails to pluck and strike the strings at various locations, to play glissandi across crum of strings, and to slide or scrape along the length of the string.

As is well known, many of his works call for theatrical actions from the players. I want to express my appreciation to Mr.


Compositions by George Crumb. Was it the arioso passages of the op. Added to these techniques are various vocal effects such as whistling warbling and theremin-likeshouting, whispering and moaning to further extend the sound-world. Virtually every imaginable pianistic tone color is exploited in the work.

Tan’s talent in his Sorceress of the New Piano: What better way to start a work of music than with a piece entitled Primeval Sounds? Makrokosmks Cage, however, Crumb has the pianist place and remove these objects during performance, not beforehand.

In other passages, the pianist produces unpitched percussive effects by knocking on the metal crossbeams and soundboard of the instrument.

Crumb Makrokosmos Vol 1

Primeval Sounds Genesis I [4: 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 crumh. If you are a library, university or other organisation that would be interested in an institutional subscription to Gramophone please click here for further information.

Jo Boatright is the best here — and the effect is magical. Anyway, back to that George Crumb disc. Makrokosmoss all-time greats Read about the artists who changed the world of classical music. It was completed in April However, makrooosmos objects do not, as with Cagestay put during performance, but are inserted and removed by the performer during playing.


The music moves in slow breaths, hovering over the topography like ominous thunderclouds. Here again the visual elements support so eloquently the musical excerpts including music by John Cage and other composers.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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.

Maybe this Crumb video can be the motivating carrot that remedies the situation. With this characteristically rich array of extramusical annotations, George Crumb suggests the multifarious influences on the composition. 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.

Its contents is as follows:. The twelve pieces of each volume are grouped into three parts of four pieces, and each part is to be played without interruption. Oh yeah, I almost forgot to mention the parallel audio-only release on CD.

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.

Twelve Fantasy-Pieces after the Zodiac and is also scored for amplified piano.