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Lenoci, Gianni – “Earle Browne – Selected Works For Piano And/or Sound Produci” – [Amirani Records/Amirani Contemporary]

lexi glass   6/19/2018   A Library, CD

Gianni Lenoci is an Italian pianist who tackles the challenging compositions of modern experimental composers. Here, he performs the works of Earle Brown (1926-2002), a composer that was a member of John Cage’s New York School, along with Christian Wolff, Morton Feldman and others. Brown was influenced by Cage’s philosophy of “non-intention” but also drew inspiration from the visual arts, especially the sculptures of Alexander Calder. Like Calder’s mobiles, Brown’s pieces consist of isolated forms – staccato blips or long presses of the piano keys – floating gently, unpredictably through time. Further, Brown’s scores were graphical, works of art themselves, with pitches and durations of notes written as bars of varying lengths and thicknesses (see one on the cover). All tracks are played on piano except for “4 Systems January 1954” (T9) that Lenoci interprets with electronics. More information – biographies of the composer and performer, a strange screed on the act of listening written by a philosopher of language, and the text to Robert Frost’s sorrowful poem “Home Burial” that inspired the first track on the album – can be found in the liner notes.

you heard it 22 times on kfjc! most recently:
  • 480 days ago, Otto Tune played December 1957 52
  • 481 days ago, Roland Blunt played Twenty-Five Pages
  • 485 days ago, Billie Joe Tolliver played Twenty-Five Pages
  • 487 days ago, Dusty Rhodes played Home Burial (1949) / Folio (1952/1953)
  • 493 days ago, lexi glass played Music For "Trio for Five Dancers" June 1953
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