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Wolff: Long Piano (Peace March 11) / Thomas Schultze

Album Summary

>Wolff, Christian (I) : Long Piano, for piano ("Peace March 11")
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Notes & Reviews:

The melodic and, in the case of the solo piano music, timbral materials from which Christian Wolff's (b. 1934) music is made are rarely unusual; these are ordinary, everyday things. However, Wolff's rhythmic invention is of great range and variety: complex polyrhythms, speech-like-rhythms, the music flowing at a freely fluctuating rate or proceeding in a plain, straightforward manner, silences. This mix of unusual and ordinary results in a music unlike any other. And, in a piece of such length as Long Piano, the ongoing appearance and accumulation of a great number and variety of short passages results in the constant renewing and refreshing of the listener's perception. This is the world-premiere recording of the composer's largest solo keyboard work to date.

"Without the benefit of reading John Tilbury's authoritative booklet essay, 'Christian Wolff and the Politics of Music', Wolff's hour-long 'Long Piano (Peace March 11)' for solo piano initially registers as an endearingly ambling and autumnal work...One is left with the idea that politics inform but do not determine Wolff's music. Tilbury leads his essay with David Tudor's observation in the early '70s that Wolff's 'music had loosened up' as a result of having small children. Nearly thirty years later, 'Long Piano (Peace March 11)' retains that looseness, even in its arch passages. Wolff's flexibility with materials and process is impressive; not only does the music convey many moods but it also elegantly morphs from one 'patch' to another (the piece has a total of 94 patches, including a few left blank to signify silence). It is music at its core, not doctrine." - Bill Shoemaker, Point of Departure

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University (10/2007).


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>Wolff, Christian (I) : Long Piano, for piano ("Peace March 11")
  • Performer: Thomas Schultz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 2004-2005