BPN: EPISODE 2 - "In The Keys Of..."


Thank you for tuning in! These notes will be a tad late...a lot has gone on this week. And truth be told, this was not the episode we promised last week. We've been a bit under the weather and an episode about movement didn't seem to fit since we hardly felt like moving ourselves. This week is more a reflection on past times past spent listening to Classical 96.3 on Sunday afternoons, with a twist. This episode we present piano music from the more experimental end of the musical spectrum.

0:00 - We start out with three pieces by Shoenberg, 'Drei Klavierstucke, Op. 11: I, II and III'. These three pieces are all played by Glenn Gould. They make me think of leaping in strange, angled ways.

15:16 - These next two are by George Crumb. He has other cool stuff, check out 'Black Angels' if you are interested, I like the recording by The Kronos Quartet.

19:10 - This is called 'Time Sequence' and it is by Toshi Ichiyanagi. This IS Techno.

26:48 - Here is a piece that cannot 'realistically' be played by a person. It is 'Study No. 36' by Conlon Nancarrow. It was designed to be played by player piano and is very wild and extreme in every possible way. If you are interested in the internet phenomena of 'Black Midi', Nancarrow is worth checking out.

30:35 - From complete maximalism we go to a very minimalist piece. This is by Eva-Maria Houben, a contemporary composer. This is from her CD 'Erwartung 1 Und 2'. This is the first piece, for piano. The other is for organ, also very cool and worth a listen. I really like a lot of her organ pieces, but since this was a show about piano music, we had to leave them out. This piece is good for reading to, you slowly let it glide over you and into the back of your thoughts.

48:21 - The next three are short pieces by Johanna Beyer from her 'Clusters' series of works (these are Clusters 1, 2 and 3). I'm still learning more about the theory behind her cluster tones and they are well worth exploring yourself. Beautiful and at times dissonant they are strung together like raindrops fall.

54:00 - Closing it out with Reich's 'Six Pianos'. Not much to say here, I think this one is a classic even if you aren't that in to piano music. Comes up on a lot of playlists too, I think I first heard this while on a YouTube click run starting at some Kerri Chandler stuff.

Thanks again for listening! Next month we will for sure have a movement-oriented episode, since it couldn't be done this week I am hoping it will go even harder than anticipated.

See you next month! Xoxo