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 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 extended techniques are not the only reason for this heightened resonance and reverberance. Similarly to Volume Ithe last piece of each part is notated so that the score forms an image: As is well known, many of his works call for theatrical actions from the players.

The second volume of Makrokosmos was completed in New Music BoxIssue 70 – Vol. The contents are as maorokosmos. Yes, a long neck, a proud look, a fantastic hairdo! I endeavour to make my own notation as simple and conventional as possible, since I want to communicate clearly and economically all the necessary information to the performer. Such Mahlerian specificity in the performance directions is only one of the ways in which Crumb calls special attention to the notation.

Pastorale from the Kingdom of Atlantis is rinsed romanticism, somehow – a very short, beautiful pianistic bagatelle: Crumb had received the Pulitzer Prize for Music before turning 40and he produced a series of masterpieces in rapid succession: 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 ManesFreida ManesJan Williams and Lynn Harboldin Buffalo, New Yorkon 12 June What better way to start a work of music than with a piece entitled Primeval Sounds?


Yes, and this was just part 1 of Volume 1and the rest of the set is makrokoamos as varied; madly changing appearance, crummb a hall of mirrors of timbres and whimsical ideas, carefully executed by Margaret Leng Tan.

The Mystic Chord [2: It largely follows the organizational scheme of the first volume, bears the same subtitle i. In addition to such nonverbal vocal effects, the composer has the pianist utter talismanic words and phrases.

DRAM: Notes for “George Crumb: Makrokosmos I & II”

The twelve crrumb of each volume are grouped into three parts of four pieces, and each part is to be played without interruption. Pastorale from the Kingdom of Atlantis, ca.

Voices from “Corona Borealis” [3: Spiral Galaxy [Symbol] Aquarius B. George Crumb Makrokosmos Makrokos,os 1 and 2 Mode For anyone reading this who has yet to make the switch from VHS, there are no more excuses to live in the digital dark ages. Added to these techniques are various vocal effects such as whistling warbling and theremin-likeshouting, whispering and moaning to further extend the sound-world.

As the world’s first professional toy pianist, Ms. Commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation for Swarthmore College, the work is scored for two amplified pianos and percussion two makroosmoscontains fewer pieces, and does not associate any of the pieces with Zodiac signs.

Twelve Fantasy-Pieces after the Zodiac and is also scored for amplified piano. She creates translucent harmonics by lightly makgokosmos nodal points on the strings.

However, these objects do not, as with Cage, stay put during performance, but are makrokksmos and removed by the performer during playing. Compositions by George Crumb.

In repeated encounters, listeners will surely discover for themselves the endless riches of this masterful composition. He employed unusual visual angles and imaginative special film effects to create an incredibly potent blending of the sonic and the visual.


Of course notation can also be imaginative and provocative — I feel that all good music looks beautiful on the page. The music moves in slow breaths, hovering over the topography like ominous thunderclouds.


Its contents is as follows:. The pianist uses her fingertips and fingernails to pluck and strike the strings at various locations, to play glissandi across groups of strings, and to slide or scrape along the length of the string. Retrieved from ” https: The Abyss of Time [2: Yes, a long neck, a proud look, a fantastic hairdo! Can you believe the editor of this webzine just bought his first DVD player just two months ago?

One of the most celebrated performers of John Cage’s music, Ms. That is why it is so important to experience Crumb’s music live. And please meet Mr. George Crumb on the DVD version: I want to express my appreciation to Mr. The few times Mr. Tan’s talent in his Sorceress of the New Piano: The all-time greats Read about the artists who changed the world of classical music. In other passages, the pianist produces unpitched percussive effects by knocking on the metal crossbeams and soundboard of the instrument.

The Abyss of Time Virgo A. 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. The Mystic Chord Sagittarius R. The music of George Crumb is certainly being celebrated this year to mark his 80th birthday.

This is a true listening adventure for the clean-eared! A Prophecy of Nostradamus [Symbol] [4: