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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These pieces constitute a massive and detailed exploration of the sounding possibilities of the piano. He employed unusual visual angles and imaginative special cgumb effects to create an incredibly potent blending of the sonic and the visual.

Crumb Makrokosmos Vol 1

Tan’s talent in his Sorceress of the New Piano: As the pianist Margaret Leng Tan demonstrated on Saturday night at Zankel Hall, you must also be a physically flexible and focused actor. Litany of the Galactic Bells Leo R. However, these objects do not, as with Cage, stay put during performance, but are inserted and removed by the performer during playing.

Your calligraphy and careful notation have occasioned much commentary over the years.

The twelve pieces of each volume are grouped into three parts of four pieces, and each part is to be played without interruption. As the booklet text by Steven Bruns which to makrokos,os high degree constitutes the source for these comments states, one of ma,rokosmos more important aspects of Makrokosmos is the exploration of timbres, innumerable variations on nuances of timbres.


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. Cadenza Apocalittica Scorpio L. The fingertips also serve to dampen vibrating strings, sometimes at the same time that the pianist strikes the notes on the keyboard, resulting in muted drum-like sounds.

Volume II comprises the following works:. He has written chamber and electronic works, music for theatre and dance, and is currently working on a chamber opera, Die Bestmannoperwhich has been presented, in part, by the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg. Crumb has exemplified the characters of the Zodiac with the initials of specified persons born under those signs, like Lorca and Brahms, to mention a couple. The Mystic Chord [2: Unlike Cage, however, Crumb has the pianist place and remove these objects during performance, not beforehand.

She creates translucent harmonics by lightly touching crum points on the strings. A glimpse, barely a glimpse The music moves in slow breaths, hovering over the topography like ominous thunderclouds.

The Phantom Gondolier Scorpio G. 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. 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. However, these objects do not, as with Cagestay put during performance, but are inserted and removed by the performer during playing.


Agnus Dei [Symbol] Capricorn Makrpkosmos. Pastorale from the Kingdom of Atlantis, ca. 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?

George Crumb – Makrokosmos Books 1 and 2

The contents are as follows:. Yes, a long neck, a proud look, a fantastic hairdo! The collection is subtitled Twelve Fantasy-Pieces after the Zodiac and is scored for amplified piano. One of the most celebrated performers of John Cage’s music, Ms. Twelve Fantasy-Pieces after the Zodiac and is also scored for amplified piano.

I makrojosmos to make my own notation as simple and conventional as possible, since I want to communicate cru,b and economically all the necessary information to the performer. The initials of friends and family and influential figures from the past e. 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.

Crumb had received the Pulitzer Prize for Music before turning 40and he produced a series of masterpieces in rapid succession: