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Gordon Mumma: Music for Solo Piano 1960-2001 / Daan Vanderwalle

Album Summary

>Mumma, Gordon [Composer] : Jardin (for Michelle Fillion), for piano
>Mumma, Gordon [Composer] : Songs Without Words (9), for piano
>Mumma, Gordon [Composer] : Suite for Piano
>Mumma, Gordon [Composer] : Graftings (for Daan Vandewalle), for piano
>Mumma, Gordon [Composer] : Four Pack Ponies (for the Taylor Cousins), for piano
>Mumma, Gordon [Composer] : Basket of Strays, for piano
>Mumma, Gordon [Composer] : 5 from the Sushi Box, for solo piano
>Mumma, Gordon [Composer] : Perspectives (3) (in memoriam Jacqueline Leuzinger), for piano
>Mumma, Gordon [Composer] : Sushihorizontals (11), for piano
>Mumma, Gordon [Composer] : Sixpac Sonatas, for piano
>Mumma, Gordon [Composer] : Threesome, for piano
>Mumma, Gordon [Composer] : 11 Note Pieces and Decimal Passacaglia, for harpsichord
>Mumma, Gordon [Composer] : Large Size Mograph, for piano
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Gordon Mumma (b. 1935) is best known for his pioneering role in the development and evolution of electronic and live-electronic music. The piano has played a significant if underestimated role in his career. With a few notable exceptions, this collection by pianist Daan Vandewalle marks the first commercial recordings of Mumma's music for solo piano composed over more than forty years. It provides an important new perspective on his work as a composer.

"There has always been another, less extreme and, until now, less documented facet of Mumma's compositional aesthetic. Concurrently with his unpredictably, unorthodox conceptions for electronics, he has relied on the acoustic piano to voice the intimate, introspective, traditionally crafted side of his musical personality. These two CDs contain 75 miniature essays grouped under generic or elusively evocative titles, many dedicated to important figures in his life or registering a meaningful circumstance or artistic allusion, most merely a minute or two in length. Their concision reveals a distillation of compositional methodology drawn primarily, though not exclusively, from Second Viennese School sources, counterbalanced with an emotional impetus that suggests a great deal of drama and sentiment expressed in small, modestly yet acutely designed details...To these brief, intense, sharply etched pieces, pianist Daan Vandewalle brings a keen awareness of architecture and an incisive touch that enables him to express episodes of delicacy, buoyancy, lyrical flow, hard-edged abstraction, dancelike movement, and spirituality. Once again, New World has illuminated an obscure, rewarding corner of our musical world. Well done." - Art Lange, Fanfare



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Works Details

>Mumma, Gordon [Composer] : Jardin (for Michelle Fillion), for piano
  • Performer: Daan Vandewalle (Piano)
  • Notes: hr-Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunks, Frankfurt, Germany (05/26/2007-05/28/2007)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Mumma, Gordon [Composer] : Songs Without Words (9), for piano
  • Performer: Daan Vandewalle (Piano)
  • Notes: hr-Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunks, Frankfurt, Germany (05/26/2007-05/28/2007)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Mumma, Gordon [Composer] : Suite for Piano :: 1. 76/104 / 2. 50/64 3. 96/104 / 4. 52/72
  • Performer: Daan Vandewalle (Piano)
  • Notes: hr-Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunks, Frankfurt, Germany (05/26/2007-05/28/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1960

>Mumma, Gordon [Composer] : Graftings (for Daan Vandewalle), for piano
  • Performer: Daan Vandewalle (Piano)
  • Notes: hr-Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunks, Frankfurt, Germany (05/26/2007-05/28/2007)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990-1996

>Mumma, Gordon [Composer] : Four Pack Ponies (for the Taylor Cousins), for piano
  • Performer: Daan Vandewalle (Piano)
  • Notes: hr-Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunks, Frankfurt, Germany (05/26/2007-05/28/2007)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Mumma, Gordon [Composer] : Basket of Strays, for piano
  • Performer: Daan Vandewalle (Piano)
  • Notes: hr-Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunks, Frankfurt, Germany (05/26/2007-05/28/2007)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Mumma, Gordon [Composer] : 5 from the Sushi Box, for solo piano
  • Performer: Daan Vandewalle (Piano)
  • Notes: hr-Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunks, Frankfurt, Germany (05/26/2007-05/28/2007)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Mumma, Gordon [Composer] : Perspectives (3) (in memoriam Jacqueline Leuzinger), for piano
  • Performer: Daan Vandewalle (Piano)
  • Notes: hr-Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunks, Frankfurt, Germany (05/26/2007-05/28/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1966-1996

>Mumma, Gordon [Composer] : Sushihorizontals (11), for piano
  • Performer: Daan Vandewalle (Piano)
  • Notes: hr-Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunks, Frankfurt, Germany (05/26/2007-05/28/2007)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986-1996

>Mumma, Gordon [Composer] : Sixpac Sonatas, for piano
  • Performer: Daan Vandewalle (Piano)
  • Notes: hr-Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunks, Frankfurt, Germany (05/26/2007-05/28/2007)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1985-1997

>Mumma, Gordon [Composer] : Threesome, for piano
  • Performer: Daan Vandewalle (Piano)
  • Notes: hr-Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunks, Frankfurt, Germany (05/26/2007-05/28/2007)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Mumma, Gordon [Composer] : 11 Note Pieces and Decimal Passacaglia, for harpsichord
  • Performer: Daan Vandewalle (Piano)
  • Notes: hr-Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunks, Frankfurt, Germany (05/26/2007-05/28/2007)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1979

>Mumma, Gordon [Composer] : Large Size Mograph, for piano
  • Performer: Daan Vandewalle (Piano)
  • Notes: hr-Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunks, Frankfurt, Germany (05/26/2007-05/28/2007)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1962