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Meredith Monk: Piano Songs / Ursula Oppens, Bruce Brubaker

Album Summary

>Monk, Meredith : Obsolete Objects, for 2 pianos
>Monk, Meredith : Ellis Island
>Monk, Meredith : Folkdance, for 2 pianos
>Monk, Meredith : Urban March (Shadow), for speaker & piano
>Monk, Meredith : Tower, for 2 pianos
>Monk, Meredith : Paris, for piano
>Monk, Meredith : Travel Song, for voice & piano (from "Specimen Days")
>Monk, Meredith : Parlour Games, for 2 pianos
>Monk, Meredith : St. Petersburg Waltz, for piano
>Monk, Meredith : Window in 7's, for piano
>Monk, Meredith : Totentanz, for 2 voices & chamber ensemble
>Monk, Meredith : Phantom Waltz, for 2 pianos
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Celebrating Meredith Monk as composer, these Piano Songs give us a world at once playful and earnest. 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."

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston, Massachu (04/2002).



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>Monk, Meredith : Obsolete Objects, for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Bruce Brubaker (Piano); Ursula Oppens (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Monk, Meredith : Ellis Island :: Theme
  • Performers: Bruce Brubaker (Piano); Ursula Oppens (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1979

>Monk, Meredith : Folkdance, for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Bruce Brubaker (Piano); Ursula Oppens (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Monk, Meredith : Urban March (Shadow), for speaker & piano
  • Performers: Bruce Brubaker (Piano); Ursula Oppens (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Monk, Meredith : Tower, for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Bruce Brubaker (Piano); Ursula Oppens (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1971

>Monk, Meredith : Paris, for piano
  • Performer: Ursula Oppens (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1972

>Monk, Meredith : Travel Song, for voice & piano (from "Specimen Days")
  • Performer: Bruce Brubaker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1981

>Monk, Meredith : Parlour Games, for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Bruce Brubaker (Piano); Ursula Oppens (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1988

>Monk, Meredith : St. Petersburg Waltz, for piano
  • Performer: Ursula Oppens (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1994

>Monk, Meredith : Window in 7's, for piano
  • Performer: Bruce Brubaker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986

>Monk, Meredith : Totentanz, for 2 voices & chamber ensemble
  • Performers: Bruce Brubaker (Piano); Ursula Oppens (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Monk, Meredith : Phantom Waltz, for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Bruce Brubaker (Piano); Ursula Oppens (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990