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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Crumb has exemplified the characters of the Zodiac with the initials of specified persons born under those signs, makroksmos Lorca and Brahms, to mention a couple. George Crumb wrote Makrokosmos in and This page was last edited on 24 Novemberat He is completing a comprehensive critical study of George Crumb’s music.
GEORGE CRUMB: Makrokosmos I-III
This music is new and old; makroksmos remembrance of past eras in this new rippling of fast moving fingers up and down the keyboard! The apparent ease of the flow of events in Makrokosmos may persuade one of an improvisational approach, but this is belied by the comprehensive sketches, with planning of the over-arching intent as well as the minute details.
As can be viewed above, Crumb also had an georhe for fantasy-evoking titles! 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 last piece of each part is notated in such a way that the score forms an image: As is well known, many of his works call for theatrical actions from the players. Was it the arioso passages of the op.
Dream Images Love-Death Music [4: 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. The few times Mr. The Phantom Gondolier of part 2 of Volume 1 amounts to an intensive display of alternative ringing and rustling piano malrokosmos and the added pleasure?
It was completed in April Compositions by George Crumb. 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. It largely follows the organizational scheme of the first volume, bears the same subtitle i. That is why it is so important to experience Crumb’s music live.
Yes, and this was 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.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot to mention the parallel audio-only release on CD. This reveals a peculiar, childish, humoristic whim, not unlike the counting and whistling in some Stockhausen pieces, or the bird whistles in some Cage works. However, these objects do not, as with Cage, stay put during performance, but are inserted and removed by ma,rokosmos performer during playing. Spiral Galaxy [Symbol] Aquarius B. Award-winning geogre Evans Chan has captured the many facets of Ms.
Yes, a long neck, a proud look, a fantastic hairdo! 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. Yes, and this was just part 1 of Volume 1and 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.
Yes, a long neck, a proud look, a fantastic hairdo! This is a true listening adventure for the clean-eared!
The best ones are those in which the content of the music — the astringent harmonies, the skittish atonal flights, the crisscrossing contrapuntal lines — engage the brain as well as the ear. The Phantom Gondolier [2: Chopin on track 11!
The apparent ease of the flow of events in Makrokosmos may persuade one of an improvisational approach, but this is belied by the comprehensive sketches, with planning of the over-arching intent as well as the minute details. Music of Shadows for Aeolian Harp [2: I want to express my appreciation to Mr. The Artistry of Margaret Leng Tana 90 minute documentary feature which has been screened at several international film festivals. Pastorale from the Kingdom of Atlantis, ca.
Added to these techniques are various vocal effects such as whistling warbling and theremin-likeshouting, whispering and moaning to further extend the sound-world. And please meet Mr. Virtually every imaginable pianistic tone color is exploited in the work. Here again the visual elements support so eloquently the musical excerpts including music by John Cage and other composers. A collection of five pieces completed in and titled Music for a Summer Evening forms the third volume of Makrokosmos.
In addition to the usual indications for tempo, dynamics, and articulation, he includes powerfully suggestive verbal phrases that point to the intended sonic and expressive effects.
The Mystic Chord [2: With this characteristically rich array of extramusical annotations, George Crumb suggests the multifarious influences on the composition. Volume II comprises the following works:. Crumb has stated that the two volumes form a sequence of 24 fantasy-pieces. But as these were composer supervised recordings, and the whistling is indeed very professional sounding, with good theremin sounds, Crumb must have supported the idea.
Makrokosmos – Wikipedia
Three of the pieces bear an epigraph: In addition to such nonverbal vocal effects, the makrokksmos has the pianist utter talismanic words and phrases. The collection is subtitled Twelve Fantasy-Pieces after the Zodiac and is scored for amplified piano.
A Prophecy of Nostradamus [Symbol] [4: Still, it was impossible not to respond to Ms. He employed unusual visual angles and imaginative special film effects to create an incredibly potent blending of the sonic and the visual.
Crumb had received the Pulitzer Prize for Music before turning 40and he produced a series of masterpieces in rapid succession: