More than Player Piano Studies
Conlon Nancarrow (above) was born ninety-five years ago today, on October 27, 1912. Why does everyone, including me, always write about his Player Piano Studies? His String Quartet plays as I write in the Kronos Quartet recording. Happy birthday music.
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Do listen to his programme via 'listen gain'. It also includes Jonathan Harvey: Mortuos Plango vivos voco for 8 channel tape, Ockeghem and Roberto Gerhard's Symphony No 3.
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I don't know why the Arditti did not also record Nancarrow's incomplete SQ No.2 (from the late 1940s). Given that the new Wergo CD is only 52 minutes (and the other two SQ's 15 minutes or less), it seems unfortunate they could not have added Nancarrow's SQ No. 2, in my view.