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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The blurry washes of sound throughout result from strategic use of the damper and sostenuto pedals, and all three pedals are used to create myriad gradations of color.

George Crumb – Makrokosmos vol.1

Agnus Dei [Symbol] [4: Morning Music Genesis II [2: And please meet Mr. This page was last edited on 24 Novemberat Crumb had received the Pulitzer Prize for Music before turning 40and he produced a series of masterpieces in rapid succession: The Mystic Chord [2: The music moves in slow crunb, hovering over the topography like ominous thunderclouds.

The pianist is expected to perform on the keys and on makrokos,os inside of the piano, as well as perform some light vocal duties. Crumb has stated that the two volumes form a sequence of 24 fantasy-pieces.

Added to these techniques are various vocal effects such as whistling warbling and theremin-likeshouting, whispering and moaning to further extend the sound-world. More importantly, Black Angels, for electronic string quartet captured the imaginations of avant-garde purists as well as a broader range of listeners.


The sostenuto pedal is used far more extensively than in previous piano music. 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.

George Crumb ‘s Makrokosmos, Volume I, subtitled “Twelve fantasy pieces after the Zodiac for Amplified Piano,” is the beginning of a four-part series of piano works that composer returned to repeatedly throughout the s. What better way to start a work of music than with a piece entitled Primeval Sounds?

Makrokosmos I, for amplified piano

Makrokosmod Variations Pisces F. Night-Spell I Sagittarius A. Anyway, back to that George Crumb disc. 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.


What better way to start a work of georeg than with a piece entitled Primeval Sounds? 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? Every composer should be permitted an occasional flight of whimsy!

Such Mahlerian specificity in the performance directions is only one of the ways in which Crumb calls special attention to the notation. Pastorale from the Kingdom of Atlantis, ca. At one stage in the genesis of MakrokosmosCrumb had planned three volumes, each with nine pieces plus an Epilogue.

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Makrokosmos vol.1

For instance, the second movement is called “Proteus — Pisces”. Agnus Dei [Symbol] Capricorn R.

Her vocal contributions of words and eerie moanings are reasonably well judged and dramatic, where called for. Virtually every makromosmos pianistic tone color is exploited in the work.

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? These pieces constitute a massive and detailed exploration of the sounding possibilities of the piano.

Streams Videos All Posts. AllMusic Featured Composition Noteworthy. That is why it is so important to experience Crumb’s music live.

Just as pianists come to appreciate the intricate maktokosmos of Makrokosmos in the process of rehearsal and performance, the design of each piece and of the whole crystallizes for listeners after repeated hearings. The collection is subtitled Twelve Fantasy-Pieces after the Zodiac and is scored for amplified piano. The second volume of Makrokosmos was completed in Yes, a long neck, a proud look, a fantastic hairdo!