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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In repeated encounters, listeners will surely discover for themselves the endless riches of this masterful composition.
Anyway, back to that George Crumb disc. Litany of the Galactic Bells Leo R.
Primeval Sounds Genesis I [4: With this characteristically rich array of extramusical annotations, George Crumb suggests the multifarious influences on the composition.
Extra-musical influences are offered in the designation of a sign of the Zodiac to each piece as well as a descriptive title. Cadenza Apocalittica Scorpio L. The palette of traditional pianistic colors — those produced by playing on the keyboard as usual makrokosms is enriched by traversing the entire georte range of the instrument, using special pedal effects, and exploiting an extraordinarily wide dynamic grorge amplification makes possible not only tremendously loud sounds, but also helps us to hear extremely soft ones.
Crumv Galaxy [Symbol] [2: As can be viewed above, Crumb also had an affinity for fantasy-evoking titles! The blurry washes of sound throughout result from strategic use of the damper and markokosmos pedals, and all three pedals are used to create myriad gradations of color.
Her vocal contributions of words and eerie moanings are reasonably cdumb judged and dramatic, where called for. This may seem a mighty task, but solely the honest intention of achieving something like that is bound to reach far, and far he has reached. 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.
Just as pianists come to appreciate the intricate architecture of Makrokosmos in the process of rehearsal and performance, the design of each piece and of the whole crystallizes for listeners after repeated hearings. He employed unusual visual angles and imaginative special film effects to create an incredibly potent blending of the sonic and the visual.
What better way to start a work of music than with a piece entitled Primeval Georgge George Crumb on the DVD version: 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. 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 second volume of Makrokosmos was completed in Crumb has connected this musical venture with the star signs of the Zodiac. Twelve Fantasy-Pieces after the Zodiac and is also scored for amplified piano.
In other passages, the pianist produces unpitched percussive effects by knocking on the crummb crossbeams and soundboard of the instrument.
The contents are as follows:. 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 crumh. 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. Compositions by George Crumb. The twelve pieces of each volume are grouped into three parts of four pieces, and each part is to be played without interruption.
The Abyss of Time Virgo A. 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.
Virtually every imaginable pianistic tone color is exploited in the work. At one stage in the genesis of MakrokosmosCrumb had planned three volumes, each with nine pieces plus an Epilogue. Crumb has designed the last of the four parts of makrlkosmos three divisions of the two sections as a symbol, thus in Volume 1 presenting piece number 4 as a cross, number makrooosmos as circle and number 12 as a spiral.
Can you believe the editor of this webzine just bought his first DVD makrokoxmos just two months ago?
DRAM: Notes for “George Crumb: Makrokosmos I & II”
Pastorale from the Kingdom of Atlantis, ca. Cosmic Wind Libra S. The last piece of each part is notated in such a way that the score forms an image: The few times Mr. 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, makrokos,os the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg. In one work she used a glass tumbler to glide up and down the depressed strings to produce distant banshee cries or whistles, all of which were subjected to discreet amplification that prolonged and bent the tones.
The Abyss of Time [2: It departs considerably from the previous two. The Geogre Gondolier Scorpio G. This page was last edited on 24 Novembermakrokomos 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.
By the way, the Crumb video is currently in my Geroge queue so I can watch it all again. I want to express my appreciation to Mr. Tan also had to sing and shout. 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. Ah, life is much sweeter in DVD Land.