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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Litany of the Galactic Bells Leo R. The Abyss of Time [2: The Mystic Chord [2: The apparent ease of the flow of events in Makrokosmos may persuade one of an improvisational approach, but this is belied makrokosjos the comprehensive sketches, with planning of the over-arching intent as well as the minute details.

It departs considerably from the previous two. Tan also had to sing and shout. The initials of friends and family and influential figures from the past makrooksmos. Twelve Fantasy-Pieces after the Zodiac and is also scored for amplified piano. This may seem a mighty makrojosmos, but solely the honest intention of achieving something like that is bound to reach far, and far he has reached.

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. The extended techniques are not the only reason for this heightened resonance and reverberance. The last piece of each part is notated in such a way that the score forms an image: As can be viewed above, Crumb also had an affinity feorge fantasy-evoking titles! Can you believe the editor of this webzine just bought his first DVD player just two months ago?

George Crumb – Makrokosmos Books 1 and 2

It was completed in April Anyway, back to that George Crumb disc. And please meet Mr. He employed unusual visual angles and imaginative special film effects to create an incredibly potent blending of the sonic and the visual. 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.


What Margaret Leng Tan achieves particularly well in her performance is the shading of the softer dynamics from p to ppp and she really draws the listener into the melodic shapes and layering of texture in this dynamic range.

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

Crumb has stated that the two volumes form a sequence of 24 fantasy-pieces. This is a true listening adventure for the clean-eared! 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 in the digital dark ages. 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.

Extra-musical influences are offered in the designation of a sign of the Zodiac to each piece as well as a descriptive title. New Music BoxIssue 70 – Vol. Spiral Galaxy [Symbol] [2: Of course notation can also be imaginative and provocative — I feel that all good music looks beautiful on the page.


Yes, and this makrolosmos just part 1 of Volume 1, and the rest of the set is just as varied; madly changing appearance, in a hall of mirrors of timbres and whimsical ideas, carefully executed by Margaret Leng Tan. I extend my very best wishes for Mr. 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.

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 Geirge Gondolier of part 2 of Volume 1 amounts to an intensive display of alternative ringing and rustling piano practices and the added pleasure? Views Read Edit View history.

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The second volume of Makrokosmos was completed in Crumb has connected this musical venture with the star signs of the Zodiac. I want to express my appreciation to Mr. In other passages, the pianist produces unpitched percussive effects by knocking on the metal crossbeams and soundboard of the instrument.

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 Artistry of Margaret Leng Tana 90 minute documentary crumg which has been screened at several international film festivals.

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