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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Conlon Nancarrow (1912) - Study No. 1 (1950)

Conlon Nancarrow (1912)

Study No. 1 (1950)

[Conlon Nancarrow - Study No. 1 (excerpt)]

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Conlon Nancarrow (born October 27, 1912 1 August 10, 1997) was a U.S.-born composer who lived and worked in Mexico for most of his life. He became a Mexican citizen in 1955.

Nancarrow is best remembered for the pieces he wrote for the player piano. He was one of the first composers to use musical instruments as mechanical machines, making them play far beyond human performance ability. He lived most of his life in relative isolation, not becoming widely known until the 1980's. Today, he is remembered as one of the most original and unusual composers of the 20th century.

[8913 Muddy Waters / 8912 Nancarrow / 8912 Cage]

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