New Music For Bowed Piano
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||Rainbows, I||Stephen Scott||5:53||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Rainbows, II||Stephen Scott||9:15||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Music Three For Bowed Strings||Stephen Scott||5:47||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Music One For Bowed Strings||Stephen Scott||7:27||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Resonant Resources||Stephen Scott||10:55||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Arcs||Stephen Scott||11:47||Album Only||View in iTunes|
When this recording was originally released on LP in 1983, it attracted lots of attention for composer Stephen Scott, who had figured out several ways to actually "bow" the strings of a piano, creating long, sustained tones rather than the percussive tones generally associated with that instrument. One of the pieces here, the surpassingly lovely "Resonant Resources," requires the use of an electromagnetic device and can be performed by a single person. The others, though, are all performed by an ensemble of players who crowd around the open box of the piano, pulling nylon fishing line through the strings or rubbing them with Popsicle sticks and emery boards. The resulting sound is neither abrasive nor particularly challenging to the uninitiated ear — it's something like a cross between a violin and a saxophone. Scott's compositions are mostly quite tonal and while obviously informed by the minimalism of Steve Reich (and, to a lesser extent, Philip Glass), some are also quite harmonically rich. Highlights include the shimmery "Rainbows I" and "Resonant Resources," which mixes the electromagnetic bowing technique with standard keyboard playing.
Born: 13 March 1969 in Queens, NY
Years Active: '80s, '90s