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1. radiOM.org - Speaking of Music Conlon Nancarrow (1984) [6.329% Popularity: 0.00000]
Speaking of Music: Conlon Nancarrow (1984) Listen Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 101 min Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA Additional Media Files (click to view) Recorded on February 2, 1984 as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer Conlon Nancarrow before a live audience. The program begins with a short slide show narrated by Eva Soltes, about life and work of Conlon Nancarrow. Charles Amirkhanian then talks with the composer about his music. Conlon Nancarrow has been recognized as one of the most fascinating 20th century composers in the world. An expatriate American who lived in Mexico City, Nancarrow composed almost exclusively for the player piano. His incredibly complex scores are not playable by human hands, but through his laborious hand-punched piano rolls, the music is dazzling in its speed and complexity. In this program Nancarrow discussed the oppressive political atmosphere that led him to leave the Unite...
2. radiOM.org - Morning Concert An Interview with Conlon Nancarrow (1991) [6.315% Popularity: 0.00000]
Morning Concert: An Interview with Conlon Nancarrow (1991) Listen Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 16 min Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA Additional Media Files (click to view) Morning Concert host Charles Amirkhanian interviews Conlon Nancarrow by telephone from his home in Mexico City. Conlon Nancarrow has been recognized as one of the most fascinating 20th century composers in the world. An expatriate American who lived in Mexico City, Nancarrow composed almost exclusively for the player piano. His incredibly complex scores are not playable by human hands, but through his laborious hand-punched piano rolls, the music is dazzling in its speed and complexity. In this program, recorded in 1991, the two reminisce about time spent together in Mexico, and movements in Mexican politics. Nancarrow shares how he discovered Indian classical music. Amirkhanian remarks on the innovations, technical details, and challenging performance aspects of Nancarrow’s work. The program features brief exc...
3. radiOM.org - An Interview with Conlon Nancarrow, April 28, 1977 [6.308% Popularity: 0.00000]
An Interview with Conlon Nancarrow, April 28, 1977 Listen Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 47 min Event Type: Interview Program Origin: C Amirkhanian Additional Media Files (click to view) In April of 1977 Charles Amirkhanian journeyed to Mexico City to talk with composer Conlon Nancarrow, who had settled there after a self-imposed exile from the United States, following the harassment he experienced over his involvement with the Communist Party, and his fighting in the Spanish Civil War. The two discussed the mechanics of composing for the player piano, a process of manually punching literally thousands of holes in long rolls of paper. Nancarrow also relates his association, or lack there of, with other composers, his dissatisfaction with the lack of temporal control in the electronic music of his day, and his experience studying counterpoint with Roger Sessions. Sounding very relaxed and genial, Nancarrow also goes into some detail about how he composes and describes some of his later works. Genre: New ...
4. radiOM.org - Morning Concert Conlon Nancarrow’s 80th Birthday [6.307% Popularity: 0.00000]
Morning Concert: Conlon Nancarrow’s 80th Birthday Listen Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 116 min Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA Additional Media Files (click to view) Composer Conlon Nancarrow was born on October 27, 1912 in Texaskana, Arkansas and lived in Mexico City from 1940 to his death in 1997. In this program Richard Friedman speaks with him by telephone about his career, and introduces recordings of Nancarrow’s player piano music as well as works for live performers. Friedman also talks to Gordon Mumma who describes the early career of Nancarrow during which his music was largely unappreciated until Henry Cowell, John Cage, and Merce Cunningham took an interest in popularizing the composer’s studies for player piano. Also heard, from a CD released by Music and Arts is “Two Canons for Ursula”, a nearly impossible polytemporal essay played by Ursula Oppens. (from KPFA Folio) Part 1 of 2: Musical Selections: Study No. 2b -- Study No. 6 -- Study No. 21 -- Study No. 25 -- Study N...
5. radiOM.org - Ode To Gravity Conlon Nancarrow (Special Edition IV of IV ) [6.291% Popularity: 0.00000]
Ode To Gravity: Conlon Nancarrow (Special Edition IV of IV ) Listen Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 120 min Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA Additional Media Files (click to view) In an interview by Charles Amirkhanian with Conlon Nancarrow at this Mexico City home in 1977, the composer reveals details of his compositions for one or more player pianos including the equipment needed to hand-punch the holes into the piano rolls. Reminiscences of the artists residing in Mexico City from the 1940s on, including Diego Rivera, are recounted. There are recordings of several "Studies for Player Piano" presented, and in one instance, a composition for traditional instruments (String Quartet). Nancarrow prepared a piano roll of the first movement of his “String Quartet” so that he could hear it. On this broadcast, this piano roll is presented followed by a recording of a performance of all three movements of the Quartet played by the Kronos Quartet. This program provides a fascinating look at a...
6. radiOM.org - Other Minds Presents Nancarrow at 100 - A Centennial Celebration: Discover Nancarrow No. 1 - The Expanding Universe [6.290% Popularity: 0.00000]
Other Minds Presents: Nancarrow at 100 - A Centennial Celebration: Discover Nancarrow No. 1 - The Expanding Universe of Conlon Nancarrow (Nov. 3, 2012) Listen Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 88 min Event Type: Lecture / Panel Discussion Program Origin: Other Minds This is the first panel discussion of “Nancarrow at 100: A Centennial Celebration” a three day festival of films and music celebrating the life and work of Conlon Nancarrow. The festival was produced by Other Minds in collaboration with Cal Performances, the U. C. Berkeley Art Museum and the Pacific Film Archive and was held on November 2-4, 2012. This panel discussion was the first of three events held at Hertz Hall on the U. C. Berkeley campus on November 3, 2012. After a brief introduction by Cal Performance Director Matias Tarnopolsky, Charles Amirkhanian, Artistic and Executive Director of Other Minds, gives a short talk reminiscing about his honeymoon trip to Mexico City to meet Nancarrow for the first time, and his role in reintroducing ...
7. radiOM.org - Ode To Gravity Conlon Nancarrow, Studies for Player Piano [6.285% Popularity: 0.00000]
Ode To Gravity: Conlon Nancarrow, Studies for Player Piano Listen Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 78 min Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA Additional Media Files (click to view) 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) M...
8. radiOM.org - Other Minds Festival OM 5, Concert 2: 04 “Three 2-Part Studies” by Conlon Nancarrow [6.274% Popularity: 0.00000]
Other Minds Festival: OM 5, Concert 2: 04 “Three 2-Part Studies” by Conlon Nancarrow Listen Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 4 min Event Type: Music Program Origin: Other Minds Additional Media Files (click to view) When Margaret Leng Tan acquired two toy pianos with distinctly separate personalities, it seemed inevitable that Conlon Nancarrow’s “Three 2-Part Studies” had to be heard on them. Even more formidable than the task of performing them was the feat of mastering the transcription. She would long ago have given up had she not been goaded on by the ultimate challenge, to render on a toy instrument the kind of virtuosity and precision that had led Nancarrow to bypass the uncertainties of human execution and invest his energies in the player piano's unfettered possibilities. Musical Selections: Three 2-Part Studies (1942) (3:57) / Conlon Nancarrow [arr. by Margaret Leng Tan] Performers: Margaret Leng Tan, 2 toy pianos Genres: Unconventional Instruments ; New Music Subject: Unconventional instruments ...
9. radiOM.org - New Music America 1981: Tapes of Studies for Player Piano by Conlon Nancarrow [6.263% Popularity: 0.00000]
New Music America: 1981: Tapes of Studies for Player Piano by Conlon Nancarrow Listen Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 37 min Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA Additional Media Files (click to view) The second Act of the June 12th concert of the 1981 New Music America Festival was devoted to the music of Conlon Nancarrow, who specialized in composing for the player piano. However unlike the ragtime player piano music that many people are familiar with, Nancarrow’s works are distinguished by their immense mathematical complexity and remarkable speed. In some ways they are not unlike a Bach fugue or canon played at speeds that were impossible to imagine before the advent of the computer. Impossible that is, unless you were Conlon Nancarrow, who was perhaps the only person to recognize the unique potential of the player piano to produce such challenging new music. This concert is particularly noteworthy because Nancarrow was in the audience, on his first trip back to the United States after over 30 year...
10. radiOM.org - A Sense of Place The Life and Work of Conlon Nancarrow [6.262% Popularity: 0.00000]
A Sense of Place: The Life and Work of Conlon Nancarrow Listen Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 29 min Event Type: Documentary Program Origin: Helen Borten Additional Media Files (click to view) The life and work of Conlon Nancarrow: a composer who turned an anachronistic gadget, the player piano, into a vehicle for greatness. Born in Texarkana, Arkansas in 1912, Nancarrow was active in his early years as a trumpeter, playing jazz and other types of popular music. He attended the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music from 1929-32, and later studied composition and counterpoint in Boston with Nicolas Slonimsky, Walter Piston, and Roger Sessions (1933-36). In 1937 Nancarrow enlisted in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade to fight against Franco in the Spanish Civil War. On his return to the United States in 1939 he became involved in the New York new music scene, contributing several reviews to Modern Music and associating with other composers such as Elliot Carter and Aaron Copland. Nancarrow was a dedicated so...
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