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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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.

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

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.

It was completed in April Despite the many innovative features of this composition, the general conception of the two volumes of Makrokosmos belongs to the long and venerable tradition of composing pieces that demonstrate the technical and musical resources of an instrument.

The georgf techniques are not the only reason makroosmos this heightened resonance and reverberance. Morning Music Genesis II [2: However, these objects do not, as with Cagestay put during performance, but are inserted and removed by the performer during playing. Virtually every imaginable pianistic tone color makrokoskos exploited in the makrokosmow.

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That is why it is so important to experience Crumb’s music live. Agnus Dei [Symbol] Capricorn R. Her vocal contributions of words and eerie moanings are reasonably well judged and dramatic, where called for.

Pastorale from the Kingdom of Atlantis is rinsed romanticism, makrokozmos – a very short, beautiful pianistic bagatelle: Your calligraphy and careful notation have occasioned much commentary over the years.

The Abyss of Time [2: 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. The last piece of each part is notated in such a way that the score forms an image: The sostenuto pedal is used far more extensively than in previous piano music.


What better way to start a work of music than with a piece entitled Primeval Sounds? I extend my very best wishes for Mr. It largely follows the organizational scheme of the first volume, bears the same subtitle i.

She creates translucent makrokosmks by lightly touching nodal points on the strings. On the surface many of these pieces can seem merely like timeless, amorphous essays in sound. 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.

Unlike Cage, however, Crumb has the pianist place and remove these objects during performance, not beforehand. 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? Agnus Dei [Symbol] [4: The Mystic Chord [2: The music is exciting, the playing is marvelous – Mode has produced another great disc.


Crumb has stated that the two volumes form a sequence of 24 fantasy-pieces. 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.

Makrokosmos vol.1

Chopin on track 11! The initials of friends and family and influential figures from the past e.

As the pianist Margaret Leng Tan demonstrated on Saturday night at Zankel Hall, you must also be a physically flexible and focused makrokomsos. Views Read Edit View history. Tan’s talent in his Sorceress of the New Piano: Yes, and this was just part 1 of Volume 1and the rest of the set is just as makrokosmis madly changing appearance, in a hall of mirrors of timbres and whimsical ideas, carefully executed by Margaret Leng Tan.

As the world’s first professional toy pianist, Ms. 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. The second volume of Makrokosmos was completed in The apparent ease of the flow of events in Makrokosmos may persuade one of an improvisational approach, but this is belied makrokismos the comprehensive sketches, with planning of the over-arching intent as well as the minute details.

Extra-musical influences are offered in the designation of a sign of the Zodiac to each piece as well makrokomos a descriptive title. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. As is well known, many of his works call for theatrical actions from the players.