George Crumb. Makrokosmos I, for amplified piano. Composition Information ↓; Description ↓; Parts/Movements ↓; Appears On ↓. Share on. facebook · twitter. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the CD release of Makrokosmos I -IV on Discogs. George Crumb’s Makrokosmos pieces for amplified piano were created during an especially fertile period of his compositional career. Crumb had received the.

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Makrokosmos vol.1

A glimpse, barely rcumb glimpse The apparent ease of the flow of events in Makrokosmos may persuade one of an improvisational approach, but this is makroosmos by the comprehensive sketches, with planning of the over-arching intent as well as the minute details.

Margaret Leng Tan performs the two twelve-movement cycles each of which is subdivided into three groups of four pieces, each piece dedicated to someone born under the corresponding sign of the Zodiac with exemplary precision.

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.

A collection of five pieces completed in and titled Music for a Summer Evening forms the third volume of Makrokosmos. 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.

In addition to such nonverbal vocal effects, geogre composer has the pianist utter talismanic words and phrases. As is well known, many of his works call for theatrical actions from the players.

The last piece of each part is notated in such a way that the score forms an image: Yes, and crjmb 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.

Both series display the innovations of each composer. More importantly, Black Angels, for electronic string quartet captured the imaginations of avant-garde purists as well as a broader range of listeners. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Romantic Evening Sex All Cru,b. Of course notation can also be imaginative and provocative — I feel that all good music looks beautiful on the page.


This reveals a peculiar, childish, humoristic whim, not unlike the counting and whistling in some Stockhausen pieces, or the bird makrokosmmos in some Cage works. Just as pianists come to appreciate the intricate architecture of Makrokosmos in makrokosmoa process of rehearsal and performance, the design of each piece and of the whole crystallizes for listeners after repeated hearings.

Chopin on track 11! Crumb has connected this musical venture with the star signs of the Zodiac. 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.

This may seem a mighty task, but crmub the honest intention of achieving something like that is bound to reach far, and far he has reached. However, these objects do not, as with Cage, stay put during performance, but are inserted and removed by the performer during playing.


The few times Mr. Volume II comprises the following works:. The sostenuto pedal is used far more extensively than in previous piano music. Spiral Galaxy [Symbol] [2: Makrokosmos, Volume I was composed in for pianist and friend David Burge who mkarokosmos commissioned and premiered Crumb’s Five Pieces for Piano It departs considerably from the previous two.

This is a true listening adventure for the clean-eared! Can you believe the editor of this webzine just bought his first DVD player just two months ago?

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. The Abyss of Time Virgo A.

George Crumb – Makrokosmos Books 1 and 2

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 maktokosmos of timbres. Morning Music Genesis II [2: Night-Spell I Sagittarius A. The Complete Piano Music. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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This music is new and old; a remembrance of past eras in this new rippling of fast moving fingers up and down the keyboard!

The extended techniques are not the only reason for this heightened resonance and reverberance. Views Read Edit View history.


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? While the DVD vividly captures the sonic nuances of the concert hall, our eyes get a special play-by-play perspective.

Crumb has exemplified the characters of the Zodiac with the initials of specified persons born under those signs, like Lorca and Brahmsto mention a couple. The twelve pieces of each volume are grouped into three parts of four pieces, and each part is to be played without interruption. As the pianist Margaret Leng Tan demonstrated on Saturday night at Zankel Hall, you must also be a physically flexible and focused actor.

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. 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. This page was last edited on 24 Novemberat The Mystic Chord [2: Introspection Late Night Partying. She creates translucent harmonics by lightly touching nodal points on the strings.

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. He is completing a comprehensive critical study of George Crumb’s music. For instance, the second movement is called “Proteus — Pisces”.