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The longer Cedille Selects track excerpts are designed to provide a representative overview of the album. Oppens has been a champion of contemporary composers and new music throughout her career. His music has been performed and recorded by many of the fntasy most prominent orchestras, soloists, and chamber ensembles. According to the All Music GuideCorigliano ranks among “the few ‘serious’ contemporary composers whose appeal has ranged beyond the new-music crowd to reach listeners steeped in more traditional, time-tested fare.

The miking seems perfectly judged to produce a piano tone that actually appears to be coming from a distance of the listener to the speakers, in my case about eight-to-ten feet. Clarity is outstanding without sacrificing nuance, warmth, or resonance. Impact is strong, and the piano size is lifelike rather than stretching across the room.

The beautifully calibrated engineering, brilliant but never harsh or brittle, helps immeasurably. A disc to treasure. Cleveland Plain Dealer www. No composer could ask for a finer interpreter than Oppens, who once again turns in steely, dynamic performances, both alone and with the great Jerome Lowenthal.

San Francisco Chronicle www. That combination of flavors is everywhere in evidence in this handsome, strong-boned disc, which includes nearly everything Corigliano has written for the keyboard. The Classical Review theclassicalreview. When I was a kid, I was always improvising at the piano.

My mother taught piano in the living room of our Brooklyn apartment, and a parade of young people filled the air with Czerny, Mozart, and Bach during my after-school hours.

After they left, I went to the “big” piano there were two in the room and made up things. Sometimes they resembled Mozart, Bach, and Brahms; sometimes they resembled nothing familiar at all. I had two piano lessons with my mother. She was a great teacher, but not for me.

We fought and I quit. I never studied the piano again, but kept playing it — just for fun. While I don’t know the fingerings of all the scales, nor the discipline of repeating something exactly as written my reading skills were as poor as my digital onesI did love getting lost in my imagination — and even when I played notes I didn’t want, I made them into “right notes” by using them again in the composition.

Stravinsky had been known to say that some of his unique sonorities came from his bad piano playing.

Through high school, I improvised, encouraged by my teacher, Mrs. While my parents were both against my going into music, Mrs.

Tillis always encouraged me — and did for my entire life. But I had to get serious and learn notation and other musical skills. So I went off to Columbia University, majored in music, and learned coriglianno label the chords I had been playing by ear.

Writing music down is a very laborious process. While today’s computers make it easier, I still use a 0. Improvisation is sometimes useful to find starting material, or to advance a short distance, but corihliano the act of notating is so cumbersome, it is really impossible to capture an improvisation of any length.

It is possible etide to record an improvisation, but corigliao transcribing it is quite difficult, and the composer always ends up changing things while translating sound into notes. I was improvising to the picture, and later used the shape of dantasy improvisation changing lots of notes to form the orchestral dance in the film. This project is quite different from transcribing an audiotape.


Here, I was determined to improvise piano pieces codigliano a keyboard, and translate them as accurately as possible to the page so Ursula Oppens fantzsy perform them in concert.

To do this, I used a computer technology known as MIDI sequencing, which captures both the sounds and a crude but accurate notation of tantasy is played. I also needed an expert musician and technician to “translate” the notation. This is much more fantaxy than it sounds. Since I improvised freely, there was no steady beat for the mechanism to insert measures. Mark Baechle was tasked with listening to what I played, and then trying to figure out how to fantasu it into measures that made sense.

There are many ways of notating the same music, so this required extraordinary musical experience. Mark made his “translation” of what he heard and saw, and then I often re-barred it, or re-wrote it to clarify the moving voices or the right-left hand relationships.

This happened several times until the written piece matched the recorded played one. Even then, certain changes had to be made, mostly due to my poor piano playing. Repeated sonorities or chords were often not repeated accurately in my performance, even though I knew that was what I wanted.

So I had to correct the written proofs to compensate for my splattered notes. While I tried to reproduce accurately everything I played, sometimes it was not practical. While I wanted to repeat those sections, I couldn’t remember them exactly, and therefore played other 16th notes in an ascending pattern. I could have notated these different passages as improvised, but that would be asking the pianist to play a consistently fast piece that never repeated any notes.

So, occasionally, I copied the same notes into a later passage that was meant to do the same thing. The first improvisation was too short, and didn’t have a satisfying ending, so I took the liberty of repeating the opening section at the end i.

Other than that, these three improvisations are just that. They are titled by the date I originally played them.

I had composed one previous work for two pianos, Kaleidoscopeinand couldn’t think of anything else I wanted to say in that medium. I couldn’t see what made a second piano so important. It was the same sound; it was simply a matter of adding another player. I couldn’t reconcile why Corigliabo should write for two pianos when I could write as well for one.

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Eventually, the deadline forced me to come up with a solution. What occurred to me, finally, was the idea to change totally the concept of two pianos by “preparing” one of them. This was not cantasy be a prepared piano in the John Cage sense, with objects inserted between the strings. Instead, one of the pianos would be tuned a quarter-tone lower than the other.

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So each piano would sound perfectly tuned by itself, but, for example, fxntasy note G on one piano would sound at a pitch between G and F sharp on the other, creating eerie effects and dissonances when the instruments were played together.

Quarter-tones are readily and sometimes unintentionally produced by violinists and singers, but they rarely appear in piano music, because of the instruments fixed pitches. Charles Ives experimented with them, and they appear in Bartok’s classic string quartets. I have used them only twice before, in my first film score for Altered Statescoriglianp in the opening star music of Pied Piper Fantasymy concerto for flute and orchestra from In those contexts, I liked the eerie, hallucinatory quality the mistuning evoked.

For Chiaroscurohowever, I wanted to use quarter-tone music expressively, as well coriglliano to make it a startling device. I was looking for the expressive power between two notes, as a blues singer does. A brief annunciatory opening sets up a dreamy, ardent slow movement in which the sighing semitones that classical music has always used to express mourning are subdivided into quarter-tones for an effect I thought both subtler and more intense.


The third movement interrupts a stabbing toccata in the competing C minor fangasy of the two pianos by bringing, for a moment, both pianists together to play on one piano.

Here the music fantaxy a chorale by Bach, symbolic of our stable and traditional harmony however, while both pianists are playing at last in the same key, they are still subtly out of rhythmic phase, as one player’s quarter note equals the other’s dotted eighth. But before long, the surrealism of quarter- tone harmonies returns, as each pianist seems to fight to define his or her tuning as tonic. All is resolved, though, in the percussive cluster of the final gesture.

Inthe seventh Van Cliburn International Piano Competition commissioned me to write their competition piece to be played by 12 semi-finalists. In mulling over the project, I immediately rejected the idea of a technical showpiece as redundant. What could I write that would test something the standard repertoire would not? I decided I could investigate the performers’ imagination and musicality. A young performer’s life is dominated by guidance: But this piece would be brand-new: And the piece would be deliberately constructed to make the players’ teachers of little to eude help.

They would be on their etufe. So I constructed the beginning and end of Fantasia on an Ostinato precisely, but I made the large central section coriglliano series of interlocking repeated patterns: Interestingly, the duration of this piece varied from coigliano minutes to over 20 in the Cliburn performances! These repeated patterns comprise my only experiment in “minimalist” technique.

The Solo Piano Works of John Corigliano: Etude Fantasy (1976) and Fantasia on an Ostinato (1985)

While mulling this piece, I remembered minimalism’s forebears — Pachelbel’s Canon, Ravel’s brilliantly scored Boleroand the second movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. The first half of my Fantasia on an Ostinato develops the obsessive rhythm of the Beethoven and the simple harmonies implicit in the first half of his melody.

Its second part launches those interlocking repetitions and reworks the strange major-minor descending chords of the latter part of the Beethoven into a chain of harmonies over which the performer-repeated patterns grow continually more ornate. This climaxes in a return of the original rhythm and, finally, the reappearance of the theme itself.

I wrote Kaleidoscope for Two Pianos during my student years as an undergraduate at Columbia University The work began as a project in Otto Luening’s composition class and is dedicated to Luening and composer Marc Bucci. As the title implies, it is a colorful mosaic of changing symmetrical patterns, some infused with a ragtime feel, others highly lyrical in content. The work is in ternary form with an extended lyrical center that treats a folk-like melody to a variety of contrapuntal elaborations.

In general, Kaleidoscope is high-spirited and full of the energy of youth. My Etude Fantasy is actually a set of five studies combined into the episodic form and character of a fantasy. The material in the studies is related most obviously by the interval of a second and its inversion and expansion to sevenths and ninths which is used both melodically and in building the work’s harmonic structure.

The first etude is for the left hand alone — a bold, often ferocious statement that introduces both an opening six-note row the first notes of the work and a melodic germ marked “icy” in the score that follows the initial outburst. This etude reaches a climax in which both the row and the thematic germ are heard together, and ends as the right hand enters playing a slow chromatic descent that introduces the next etude — a study of legato playing.

In the short second etude, both hands float slowly downward as the constant crossing of contrapuntal lines provides melodic interest.

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