Album Review

Copland, Aaron – “Piano Fantasy/Piano Variations ” – [Odyssey]

Cousin Mary   1/11/2009   12-inch, A Library

Aaron Copland composed the Piano Variations in 1930, his period of writing ???absolute??? music and being influenced by Schonberg and Alban Berg and 12-tone technique. Leonard Bernstein, who loved this piece, joked that he played it at parties to “empty the room, guaranteed, in two minutes.”

The Piano Fantasy is also highly experimental music. It was commissioned in 1957 for Julliard???s 50th anniversary concert and was performed by William Masselos on that date.

???Fanfare for the Common Man??? this ain???t. Liner notes have excellent details of musical theory and composition.

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