Who was Conlon Nancarrow?|
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"Freed from worrying about whether performers could actually perform the
music, Nancarrow developed a body of work that is like no other."
A Photographer's Tribute
Photos by John Fago, who reflects upon his encounters with the composer.
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Conlon Nancarrow, 1990
Photograph ©John Fago (click for larger view.)
EVER HEARD OF THE COMPOSER CONLON NANCARROW?
Probably not. His isn't
exactly a household name. But Nancarrow - who died in August, 1997 - inspired a
generation of composers. He wrote music that was incredibly complex - so
complex, in fact, that human beings simply couldn't play it. And because
performers couldn't play what Nancarrow was writing, he began creating
music expressly for an instrument that requires no human hand. It's an
instrument that seems to fit better in pizza parlors and shoot-'em-up
saloons in old Westerns than in serious classical music: the player piano.
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Examples of Nancarrow's own works and some from composers he admired.
Trio for clarinet, bassoon, and piano
Study for Player Piano 3b
Study for Player Piano 49c
played by Earl Hines
In a Sentimental Mood
played by Art Tatum
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