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Morton Subotnick : L'œuvre pour piano, vol. 4. Anjou, Subotnick.
Format : 1 CD
Total Time : 01:04:46

Label : Mode
Catalog No. : MODE306
EAN : 0764593030621
Price Code : DM020A

Publishing Year : 2019
Release Date : 03/04/2019

Genre : Classical
Morton Subotnick (1933-)
The Other Piano, pour piano et live electronics
Falling Leaves, pour piano seul
Liquid Strata, pour piano et ghost electronics
Préludes pour piano
I. The Blind Owl, pour piano seul
II. The Feast, pour piano
IV., pour piano et bandes

SooJin Anjou, piano
Morton Subotnick, electronics, voix

Morton Subotnick, figure majeure du développement des musiques électroacoustiques et électroniques aux Etats-Unis, est particulièrement connu pour Silver Apples Of The Moon (1967), première œuvre de musique électronique publiée sur un grand label. C’est, notamment, sur ses indications, en tant que cofondateur du San Francisco Tape Music Center - que fréquentent Terry Riley ou Steve Reich - que Don Buchla développe le premier synthétiseur modulaire en 1963, un an avant celui de Robert Moog. C’est toutefois son œuvre (complète) pour piano que présente ce quatrième volume paru chez Mode. Avant de s’embarquer dans ses innovations conceptuelles, le compositeur livre 4 Préludes Pour Piano - le 3ème finalement retiré du catalogue - : The Blind Owl (1957) et The Feast (1961) empruntent à l’esthétique post-Webernienne, où la musique commence à sonner plus abstraite et dont le résultat est une approche dynamique et hautement gestuelle. Le Prelude IV, pour piano et bande magnétique, constitue la première incursion de Subotnick dans le monde du Buchla : il n’y est pas encore totalement à l’aise et la pièce, structurée autour du piano, clôture une première période de sa vie musicale. Liquid Strata (1977) utilise le « ghost electronics » (digitalisée dans les années ’90 dans l’environnement Max/MSP), qui transforme les sons acoustiques en parallèle avec un texte déclamé. The Other Piano (2007), pour piano et électronique en temps réel, délivre une peinture sonore quadriphonique dans l’auditorium, vu comme un énorme cerveau au sein duquel prend place le public. Extatique. (Bernard Vincken)

This release brings all of Subotnick’s piano music together on one disc for the first time, along with four first recordings. All supervised by the composer. Liquid Strata is an important work in Subotnick’s oeuvre. Here the electronic component is what he calls “ghost electronics,” and this is the first of 11 Ghost Pieces. In these works, Subotnick sought to address technology in a way that highlights rather than compromises the inherent features and strengths of acoustical instruments. This was an alternative to music for instruments and tape or to simply utilize the processed sounds of an acoustical instrument as an electronic sound source. In the Ghost Pieces, the Buchla synthesizer is triggered by its original touch sensitive ‘keys’ plus the expressivity of the human voice was used to articulate gestural shapes (for example a complex crescendo/diminuendo). In the Ghost Pieces, Subotnick pre-recorded the vocal “energy shapes” on tape. These audio signals were played back (but not heard), combined with sine tones, and sent to an envelope follower. The voltages generated trigger Buchla-produced pitch, amplitude, modulation and stereo panning. All of the Ghost Pieces are to be performed live on a proscenium stage, with speakers in front of the performer. “The performer should be hardly aware of what’s happening, but just playing for you. The electronics are doing something else, beyond what the performer hears from the instrument. They suggest another dimension….” The Other Piano is a continuation of the Ghost pieces. The composer refers to the electronics as “a quadraphonic sound painting [spread] throughout the auditorium, done on the spot, intuitively, by a sound painter. … one always hears the real piano and the transformations are a fantasy, changing in time and space, whirling around the room …” Subotnick drew conceptual ideas for Falling Leaves from Scarlatti sonatas, a “sense of Scarlatti, but not derivative,” particularly repeated notes, the virtuosic crossing of hands, and the idea of cadences. The early Preludes Nos. 1 & 2 are post-Webern influenced works. Prelude No. 4 is the first piece where Subotnick worked with the Buchla synthesizer. The electronic component is composed onto stereo tape, which is played alongside the live piano. Liner notes by Bob Gluck and the composer. SooJin Anjou graduated from the Juilliard School in New York as the only person ever to win both of Juilliard’s undergraduate commencement prizes, for achievement in music and the liberal arts. Ms. Anjou — born in South Korea, raised in the United States, educated in New York, Budapest and Berlin — has performed as soloist all over the world since her debut, at age 16, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Well-known for her adventurous and inquisitive spirit, Ms. Anjou has captivated audiences in concerts of fortepiano and electronic musi c, as well as in plays and improvisation-based theater productions alongside actors and dancers.

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