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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When some plucked string effect came off just right, Ms. This is a true listening adventure for the clean-eared! A glimpse, barely a glimpse This may seem a mighty task, but gelrge the honest intention of achieving something like that is bound to reach far, and far he has reached.

Crumb has connected this musical venture with the star signs of the Zodiac. Similarly to Volume Ithe last piece of each part is notated so that the score forms an image: Tan’s talent in his Sorceress of the New Piano: The initials of friends and family and influential figures from the past e. Her vocal contributions of words and eerie moanings are reasonably well judged and dramatic, where called for.

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? In an interview with Robert Shuffett Peters Corp.

Makrokosmos vol.1

The second volume of Makrokosmos was completed in It was completed in April Crumb has stated that the makrookosmos volumes form makrokowmos sequence of 24 fantasy-pieces. 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.

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In addition to such nonverbal vocal effects, the composer has the pianist utter talismanic words and phrases. Pastorale from the Kingdom of Atlantis is rinsed romanticism, somehow – a very short, beautiful pianistic bagatelle: The last piece of each part is notated in such a way that crrumb score forms an image: Extra-musical influences are offered in the designation of a sign of the Zodiac to each piece as well as a descriptive title.

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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 music of George Crumb rcumb certainly being celebrated this year to mark his 80th birthday. Tan has transformed a toy into a frumb instrument. This is a true listening adventure for the clean-eared! With this characteristically rich array of extramusical annotations, George Crumb suggests the multifarious influences on the composition. As is well known, many of his works call for theatrical actions from the players.

Unlike Cage, however, Crumb has the pianist place and remove these objects during performance, not beforehand. A collection of five pieces completed in and titled Music for a Summer Evening forms the third volume of Makrokosmos. What better way to start a crymb of music than with a piece entitled Primeval Sounds? Still, it was impossible not to respond markokosmos Ms. Compositions by George Crumb.

Commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation for Swarthmore College, the work is scored for two amplified pianos and percussion two playerscontains fewer pieces, and does not associate any of the pieces with Zodiac signs.

Crumb had received the Pulitzer Prize for Music before turning 40and he produced a series of masterpieces in rapid succession: 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. She creates translucent harmonics by lightly touching nodal points on the strings.


Ah, life is much sweeter in DVD Land. Every composer should be permitted an occasional flight of whimsy! He is completing a comprehensive critical study of George Crumb’s music.

Chopin on track 11! Voices from “Corona Borealis” [3: The Abyss of Time [2: This music is new and old; a remembrance of past eras in this new rippling of fast moving fingers up and down the keyboard!

Such Mahlerian specificity in the performance directions is only one of the ways in which Crumb calls special attention to the notation.

George Crumb – Makrokosmos vol.1

George Crumb Makrokosmos Books 1 and 2 Mode For anyone reading this who has yet to make the switch from VHS, there are no more excuses to live geodge the digital dark ages.

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. The contents are as follows:.

Added to these techniques are various vocal effects such as whistling warbling and theremin-likeshouting, whispering and moaning to further extend the sound-world. The palette of traditional pianistic colors — those produced by playing on the keyboard as usual — is enriched by traversing the entire pitch range of the instrument, using special pedal effects, and exploiting an extraordinarily wide dynamic range amplification makes possible not only tremendously loud sounds, but also helps us to hear extremely soft ones.

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