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Ode To Gravity:
Conlon Nancarrow, Studies for Player Piano

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 78 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

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From a program recorded in 1974, Charles Amirkhanian introduces recent compositions by this American composer, who since 1947 developed a unique body of complex pieces, all for player piano. Nancarrow was able to punch carefully calculated holes in player piano rolls and make the instrument perform inhumanly difficult figures. His concerns with rhythm and sonority are more advanced than almost any in the world, yet his music makes an immediate impression even to those who don’t normally like avant-garde music. This is music utterly new to our ears, by an unrecognized genius of 20th Century composition. Nancarrow resided in Mexico City since the 1940s. His music has been choreographed by Merce Cunningham. In this program you will hear a selection of recordings of his studies for player piano. (from KPFA Folio)

Musical Selections:  Study No. 21 “Canon X” -- Study No. 37 -- Study No. 29 -- Study No. 31 -- Study No. 32 -- Study No. 34 -- Study No. 35 -- Study No. 25 -- Study No. 40b -- Study No. 26 -- Study No. 27 -- Study No. 28 -- Study No. 2
Genres:  20th Century Classical; Mechanical Music
Subject:  Nancarrow, Conlon, 1912-1997; 20th century classical; Player piano; Player piano music; Piano music; Mechanical musical instrument music; Mechanical musical instruments
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Nancarrow, Conlon, 1912-1997
Recording Date:  7/17/1974
First Broadcast Date:  7/17/1974
 
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