Episode #2377

Unconventional Works for Piano

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Friday, February 17, 2006

On this edition of New Sounds, there’s music from Azerbaijani composer Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, who fuses characteristics of traditional Azerbaijani music with modern Western techniques in her “Music for Piano.” Not incidentally, she is also known as a pianist who first brought the music of John Cage, Arnold Schoenberg and George Crumb to Azerbaijan. Speaking of Crumb, hear a mix of the ancient and modern with his seminal work “Makrokosmos." Each of these "Twelve fantasy pieces after the Zodiac for Amplified Piano," corresponds to a sign of the Babylonian zodiac, and draws on various non-Western traditions. To round out the show, Geoff Keezer take dubbed layers of piano to create exquisite textures along with other piano works in unconventional tunings and tonal colors.

PROGRAM #2377, Unconventional Music for Piano (First aired on Feb. 17, 2005)





George Crumb

Makrokosmos I & II, Margaret Leng-Tan , piano

Primeval Sounds [4:00]
Crucifxius [3:00]
Night Spell I [3:30]
Music of Shadows (for Aeolian Harp) [2:00]
Spring-Fire [1:30]

Mode #142** www.mode.com

Kronos Quartet / Franghiz Ali-Zadeh

Mugam Sayagi

Music for Piano [8:00]

Nonesuch #79804** www.nonesuch.com *

Geoff Keezer

Zero One

Sleepflying [4:00]

Dreyfus #36703 www.dreyfusrecords.com *

Michael Harrison


Mystic Lyre [8:00]

MHM #101 www.michaelharrison.com

Galeshka Moravioff


Verberances 1, Op. 71 [7:30]

Musique Du temple #VR1001
Info at www.galeshkamoravioff.com
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