Conlon Nancarrow played the unplayable

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Conlon Nancarrow played the unplayable

Post  pinhedz on Thu May 26, 2011 2:18 pm

At one time (or so I was led to understand) Conlon Nancarrow played in bars with a sort of bluesy jazzy feeling. Somehow he got into composing music to be played on player piano, and some of the music has elements of the blues, but it's a sort of a cubist or Picasso-like blues.

He did not make any money doing this, but somehow he managed to carry on the work while living his life in mexico (if I remember right).

Over time his music seemed to become more and more abstract, and included many passages and timings that could not be played by an actual human.




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Post  Yakima Canutt on Sat May 28, 2011 12:56 am

Ha, Nancarrow was an accountant, a lowly file clerk ... it was Henry Cowell who could fly like an eagle and peer past Asgaard's rainbow gates

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Post  pinhedz on Fri Jul 01, 2011 10:56 pm

Fun fact: Nancarrow was friends with Maria Teresa Pezzati Rotolo (guess whose mother), because they were both communists.

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