Track Listing - Disc 2. Duo for Pianists I. Duo for Pianists II. Duet I for piano 4 hands. For Prepared Piano. Christian Wolff feat: John Tilbury. The Weekly Flickr. Flickr Blog. Save Cancel.
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Re :Making Music. Mode Records [2CDs]. Behrman, David. Carl, Robert. DeLio, Thomas. Lanham: University Press of America, Fox, Christopher. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Oteri, Frank J. Patterson, D. Thomas, Philip. Wolff, Christian. Gronemeyer and R. Cologne: Edition MusikTexte, Producer: Thomas Schultz. Cover art: Hew Wolff, Streak Mix, acrylic on canvas. Every piece is its own aetiology. Still, the collection, even at three-plus hours, is not quite a fully rounded portrait.
On the face of it, it is an Apollonian view of the composer. It combines a handful of pieces from the s with a handful from the 21st century three of which— Pianist Pieces , Nocturnes , and Small Preludes —are recorded for the first time. The piano solo format also makes for a more analytical portrait of Wolff, who normally has been more interested in music that plays on inter-performer communication.
By removing the element of performer interaction, analysis can concentrate instead upon matters of form and musical language pitch, rhythm, texture. As the attention is more drawn to that which is determined, or present, in the notation than that which is indeterminate, and often not present, the presence of Wolff as a composer is more readily observed.
But the spirit is there. Where to start? During the s he developed associations with the composers Frederic Rzewski and Cornelius Cardew who spurred each other on in their respective explorations of experimental composition techniques and musical improvisation , and then, from the early s, in their attempts to engage with political matters in their music.
For Wolff this often involved the use of music and texts associated with protest and political movements such as the Wobblies. His later pieces, such as the sequence of pieces Exercises , offer some freedom to the performers. Some works, such as Changing the System , Braverman Music , after Harry Braverman , and the series of pieces Peace March — have an explicit political dimension, in that they respond to contemporary world events and express political ideals.
Wolff collaborated with Merce Cunningham for many years and developed a style which is more common now, but was revolutionary when they began working together in the s — a style where music and dance occur simultaneously, yet somewhat independently of one another. To stir up, through the production of the music, a sense of social conditions in which we live and of how these might be changed.
Sonata for three pianos ] 17 - Braverman Music [, ] When I hike in the Lapland mountains, it usually takes me a couple of days to get attuned, to merge with the inherent tempo of the mountains, glaciers and valleys; to really appreciate the wisdom of happiness and the wild silence of stillness. Wolff explains that he always knew other pianists, like David Tudor and Frederic Rzewski , which is why he wrote so many pieces for two pianists; more than most other contemporary composers.
He was interested, for instance, in the interaction of two players. Track 1. Duo 1  Wolff wrote Duo 1 for himself and Frederic Rzewski , while they were studying at Harvard. The musicians found that rehearsals became very interesting with this method, and the architecture of the music unfolded at the very instant of playing. Please read more initiated explanations about this in the CD booklet. Peculiar atmospheres rise like humidity out of the playing of master musicians Kristine Scholz and Mats Persson when they touch upon the prepared parts of the piece, which for the most part is unprepared sic!
Scholz and Persson simply establish points of reference in this open musical maneuver of the senses. Track 2. Oh, this is as different from the preceding peace of mind as can be. It begins head-on in a staggering, jerky march figure, accentuated by bangs and stomps and other percussive events, and the players use their vocal abilities too, in vowels and consonants, exclamations and wheezing saliva spurts. It bangs here, it thuds there, and the melody wanders around the room like a worried cat trying to find a way out, dropping kitchenware to the floor in the process.
Track 3. I like that! The players perform on the same piano, thus getting entangled in a physical play in which they influence and are influenced.This outstanding two-CD survey of the piano music of Christian Wolff comes courtesy of the composer's longtime friend, pianist John Tilbury, with a little help from Matchless label boss (and fellow AMM mainstay) Eddie Prévost and the composer himself. Wolff's studies with John Cage began at the tender of age of 16, and "For Prepared Piano" () is an affectionate nod .