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Meredith Monk
Piano Songs

Bruce Brubaker piano
Ursula Oppens piano
 
Obsolete Objects
Ellis Island
Folkdance
Urban March
Tower
Paris
Railroad
Parlour Games
St. Petersburg Waltz
Window in 7’s
Totentanz
Phantom Waltz

Recorded April 2012

ECM New Series 2374
 
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Celebrating Meredith Monk as composer, these Piano Songs give us a world at once playful and serious. Written or derived from work composed between 1971 and 2006, the pieces inhabit Monk’s unique universe, as played by two of new music’s most distinguished interpreters, pianists Ursula Oppens and Bruce Brubaker. These pieces are ‘songs’ because they have strong roots in Monk’s pieces for voice, and because they are direct, specific, and imagistic. Meredith Monk on composing for two pianos: “I delved into different relationships and possibilities between them; material passed back and forth, dialogues, interlocking phrases, shifts of figure and ground. In some pieces, I emphasized the individuality of each piano, writing for one player as the ‘singer’, the other as the ‘accompaniment’; in other pieces I wanted the two pianos to make one large sound.”


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