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Richard Teilelbaum (b.1939): Piano Plus / Rzewski, Oppens, Takahashi, pianos; Teitelbaum, computer

Album Summary

>Teitelbaum, Richard : Intersections, for piano
>Teitelbaum, Richard : Seq transit parammers, for piano & computer
>Teitelbaum, Richard : Dal niente, for piano & computer
>Teitelbaum, Richard : In the Accumulate Mode, for 3 computer-assisted pianos
>Teitelbaum, Richard : Interlude in Pelog, for 3 computer-assisted pianos
>Teitelbaum, Richard : Solo for Three Pianos
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Notes & Reviews:

Piano Plus is a collection of six piano pieces written by Richard Teitelbaum (b. 1939), a pioneer of interactive electronic and computer music, between 1963 and 1998. Piano Plus illustrates the use of cutting-edge technology to extend the range of the traditional acoustic piano. Three of the pieces are played by the composer himself, and the other three are performed by some of the leading interpreters of contemporary piano music. The first piece, Intersections is a strict twelve-tone piece performed here by composer/pianist Frederic Rzewski. Dal Niente for piano and computer, was commissioned by pianist Aki Takahashi and is performed by her and the composer using both acoustic and sampled piano sounds. SEQ TRANSIT PARAMMERS, for solo pianist and two Yamaha Disklaviers, is played by Ursula Oppens using special interactive software created for this piece. The other three pieces, In the Accumulate Mode, Interlude in Pelog, and Solo for Three Pianos, are played by Teitelbaum on a computerized interactive three-piano system he created employing Marantz Pianocorders that make it possible to perform simultaneously on three pianos in real time. The textural complexities the system enables often exceed normal human performance levels.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
Richard Teitelbaum's record of piano works with electronic effects or accompaniment includes works from as early as 1963 and as late as 1998. The performances are by well-known players and are excellent. There is clear understanding and dedication that helps the spirit of this historically significant work shine through. While this is only one disc, it serves as a valuable record of an important American composer's work that belongs on the shelves of interested collectors.



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Works Details

>Teitelbaum, Richard : Intersections, for piano
  • Performer: Frederic Rzewski (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1963

>Teitelbaum, Richard : Seq transit parammers, for piano & computer
  • Performer: Ursula Oppens (Piano)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>Teitelbaum, Richard : Dal niente, for piano & computer
  • Performers: Aki Takahashi (Piano); Richard Teitelbaum (Synthesizer)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Teitelbaum, Richard : In the Accumulate Mode, for 3 computer-assisted pianos
  • Performer: Richard Teitelbaum (Synthesizer)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1982

>Teitelbaum, Richard : Interlude in Pelog, for 3 computer-assisted pianos
  • Performer: Richard Teitelbaum (Synthesizer)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1982

>Teitelbaum, Richard : Solo for Three Pianos
  • Performer: Richard Teitelbaum (Synthesizer)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1982