#3722: The Altered State of the Piano

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You won't be hearing Chopin or Rachmaninov in this all-piano edition of New Sounds. The very recognizable instrument is featured in unrecognizable ways tonight, but John Schaefer will guide you through works for solo piano and for duos and trios of battling pianos that are prepared, strummed, processed, or re-tuned. George Crumb's "Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik" is his take on Thelonius Monk's famous "Round Midnight" that has the pianist strum inside the instrument. The pianist also has multiple roles in Justin Merritt's "Quiet Land" as he/she must whistle along, strum, and hit the piano strings with the eraser end of a pencil. 

Something will sound off to your Western ear when you hear John Corigliano's "Chiaroscuro." The two pianos are tuned a quarter tone apart. That is halfway between the smallest interval we are used to hearing in music. Bruce Mather's "Poème du Délire" goes even further and has three pianos tuned a sixth tone apart. Also on this edition, music by Moon Ate the Dark and Oliver Messiaen.
 

PROGRAM #3722 The Altered State of the Piano (First aired on 5/5/2015)  

ARTISTS: Steven Osborne & Martin Roscoe, pianos
WORK: Oliver Messiaen: Amen de la creation, excerpt [:30]
RECORDING: Oliver Messiaen: Visions de l’Amen
SOURCE: Hyperion Records 67366
INFO: hyperion-records.co.uk

ARTIST: American Modern Ensemble-Stephen Gosling & Blair McMillen
WORK: John Corigliano: Chiaroscuro II. Shadows, excerpt [:30]
RECORDING: Powerhouse Pianists II
SOURCE: American Modern Recordings
INFO: americanmodernrecordings.com, available at Amazon.com or iTunes

ARTIST: Moon Ate the Dark
WORK: Bashy [4:11]
RECORDING: Moon Ate the Dark II
SOURCE: Sonic Pieces
INFO: moonatethedark.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Matthew McCright, piano
WORK: Justin Merritt:  Glyph [3:43]
RECORDING: Blender
SOURCE: Innova Records 897
INFO: innova.mu

ARTIST: Moon Ate the Dark
WORK: If Vanishing [6:42]
RECORDING: Moon Ate the Dark II
SOURCE: Sonic Pieces
INFO: moonatethedark.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Matthew McCright, piano
WORK: Justin Merritt: Album Leaves-Quiet Land [3:02]
RECORDING: Blender
SOURCE: Innova Records 897
INFO: innova.mu

ARTIST: Emanuele Arciuli, piano
WORK: George Crumb: Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik: VII. Blues in the Night [3:27]
RECORDING: Complete Crumb Edition 9; Ancient Voices of Children, Madrigals Books I-IV, Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik 
SOURCE: Bridge Records 9170
INFO: bridgerecords.com, available at Amazon.com, iTunes, Emusic.com 

ARTISTS: Steven Osborne & Martin Roscoe, pianos
WORK: Oliver Messiaen: Amen de la creation [6:31]
RECORDING: Oliver Messiaen: Visions de l’Amen
SOURCE: Hyperion Records 67366
INFO: hyperion-records.co.uk

ARTIST: American Modern Ensemble-Stephen Gosling & Blair McMillen
WORK: John Corigliano: Chiaroscuro II. Shadows [4:11]
RECORDING: Powerhouse Pianists II
SOURCE: American Modern Recordings
INFO: americanmodernrecordings.com, available at Amazon.com or iTunes

ARTIST: American Modern Ensemble-Stephen Gosling & Blair McMillen
WORK: John Corigliano: Chiaroscuro III. Strobe [4:47]
RECORDING: Powerhouse Pianists II
SOURCE: American Modern Recordings
INFO: americanmodernrecordings.com, available at Amazon.com or iTunes

ARTIST: Louis-Philippe Pelletier, Paul Helmer, and François Couture, pianos
WORK: Bruce Mather: Poème du Délire [17:43]
RECORDING: 
Music for three pianos in sixths of tones
SOURCE: McGill University Records: 83017 LP
INFO: Out of print. musiccentre.ca / YouTube