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      The Modern Piano

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      Most pianos have 88 keys, but the notes that they produce are just the beginning of the sonic possibilities available to the keyboardist. This week we’ll listen to how boundary-shattering composers from John Cage to Conlon Nancarrow unlocked and exploited keyboard instruments’ aural potential.

      • Cage: The Perilous Night; Marcus Hinterhauser, p.
      • Satie: La Pi├Ęge de Medusa (excerpt); Alexandre Tharaud, p.
      • Cowell: Aeolian Harp & The Banshee; Henry Cowell, p.
      • Nancarrow: Study No. 40a for Player Piano
      • Zappa: Jazz From Hell; Zappa, syncalvier
      • Zappa: Ruth is Sleeping; Ensemble Modern
      • Reich: It’s Gonna Rain (excerpt); Brother Walter, nar.
      • Reich: Piano Phase (excerpt); Josef Christof, Steffen Schleiermacher, pnos.
      • Glass: Metamorphosis 1; Bruce Brubaker, p.
      • Crumb: Night Spell & Dream Images fr. Makrokosmos; Margaret Leng Tan, p.
      • Choi: To Unformed; Choi, piano

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