KPFA-FM Music Dept. ➔ Ode To Gravity: Conlon Nancarrow, Studies for Player Piano

Analog Audio

Event Type
Interview and Music
Program Series
Ode To Gravity
Program Length
78 min
1974-07-17 | broadcast
| 1974-07-17 | created
From a program recorded in 1974, Charles Amirkhanian introduces recent compositions by this American composer, who since 1947 developed a unique body of complex pieces, all for player piano. Nancarrow was able to punch carefully calculated holes in player piano rolls and make the instrument perform inhumanly difficult figures. His concerns with rhythm and sonority are more advanced than almost any in the world, yet his music makes an immediate impression even to those who don’t normally like avant-garde music. This is music utterly new to our ears, by an unrecognized genius of 20th Century composition. Nancarrow resided in Mexico City since the 1940s. His music has been choreographed by Merce Cunningham. In this program you will hear a selection of recordings of his studies for player piano. (from KPFA Folio)
20th century classical
Mechanical music
Musical Selections
Study No. 21 “Canon X” -- Study No. 37 -- Study No. 29 -- Study No. 31 -- Study No. 32 -- Study No. 34 -- Study No. 35 -- Study No. 25 -- Study No. 40b -- Study No. 26 -- Study No. 27 -- Study No. 28 -- Study No. 2
20th century classical
Player piano
Player piano music
Piano music
Mechanical musical instrument music
Mechanical musical instruments
Funding for the preservation of this program made possible through a grant by Save America’s Treasures, a program of the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Related places
Berkeley (Calif.) (was recorded at)
Berkeley (Calif.) (was broadcast at)
Related Entities
Amirkhanian, Charles
Nancarrow, Conlon, 1912-1997