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Topic: help with a research paper  (Read 5120 times)

Offline ahmedito

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help with a research paper
on: November 20, 2003, 12:40:48 AM
Please post here techniques invented in contemporary piano music, and in which work I can find an example of it....

(Using harmonics by depressing the keys, hitting the pedal really hard, chord glissandos, etc...)

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Offline Noah

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Re: help with a research paper
Reply #1 on: November 20, 2003, 01:07:41 AM
In the compulsory work in the finals of the 1999 Queen Elizabeth Competition, the pianist had to get up and pluck a string inside the piano, and place their finger at the right place on the string to get a harmonic...
The piece is called "Tears of Ludovico" and was written by Uljas Voitto Pulkkis.
There was a very interesting and funny documentary on Belgian TV about the week before the final of the 1999 competition, in which you see the candidates practicing getting up and plucking the string at the right spot.
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Offline Hmoll

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Re: help with a research paper
Reply #2 on: November 20, 2003, 06:52:13 PM
A "contemporary" composer is defined as one currently living, and there have not been many technical innovations by living composers. Most techniques used by living composers can be traced back.

If by "contemporary" you mean 20th/21st century, there are too many to mention. You should read George Crumbs book "Twentieth Century Piano Music," slightly out of date, as it was written in 1990.

In the meantime, here are some examples:

- Henry Cowell - tone clusters, plucking/strumming strings - Example "Aolian Harp" 1923, "Dynamic Motion," 1914.

- John Cage - prepared piano - Example "Bacchanale" 1942.

- George Crumb - amplified piano, requiring performer to sing/shout - Example "Makrokosmos" 1972-1974.
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