Bachtrack logo
Flag of United States

Composer: Nancarrow, Conlon (1912-1997)

Fact file
Year of birth1912
Year of death1997
NationalityUnited States
Period20th century
May 2018
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
30010203040506
07080910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031010203
04050607080910
Evening performance
Matinee performance
Upcoming eventsSee more...

LondonICMS: Ligeti Horn Trio

ICMS: Ligeti Horn Trio
Reich, Ligeti, Nancarrow
Marie-Luise Neunecker; Pierre-Laurent Aimard; Patricia Kopatchinskaja

LondonIndependence Day: New York, New York

Cage, Reich, Babbitt, Nancarrow, Glass
Sarah Gabriel; Darragh Morgan; Matthew Scott; Mary Dullea

LondonHarrison’s Clocks – Alasdair Beatson

© Giorgia Bertazzi
Beethoven, Birtwistle, Ligeti, Kurtág, Messiaen, Schumann, Fauré, Bartók, Ravel, Nancarrow
Alasdair Beatson, Piano

New York CityThe Angel’s Share presents Christina and Michelle Naughton

Bernstein, Ravel, Nancarrow, Poulenc, Bolcom, Debussy, Copland
Christina Naughton; Michelle Naughton
Latest reviewsSee more...

Prom 25: The Aurora Orchestra do Zappa, Nancarrow and Glass

Prom 25 (c) Chris Christodoulou
It would probably be a mistake to take Frank Zappa’s The Adventures of Greggery Peccary too seriously. True, musically it is highly taxing in its orchestral transcription by Ali N. Askin, and there’s absolutely no denying the seriousness of Zappa as a musician generally. But this is Zappa in full-on nonsense mode.Greggery Peccary is a pig of some sort, who works in an office, or something.
***11
Read more

The Arditti Quartet play Nancarrow and Ligeti

Arditti Quartet
Conlon Nancarrow may be most famous for his player piano studies, all of which were performed at the Southbank Centre last weekend, but his instrumental music is worth a listen too. His Third String Quartet is perhaps his most important effort for 'actual' performers rather than machines, but on Sunday night the Arditti Quartet also made a decent case for the First Quartet.
****1
Read more

London Sinfonietta Perform Conlon Nancarrow

Baldur Brönnimann  ©  Felix Broede
Having missed a chance to hear Conlon Nancarrow’s Player Piano Study no. 21 (Canon X) due to a spontaneous programme switch earlier in the day, I was delighted that Dominic Murcott’s arrangement of the piece for London Sinfonietta and player piano opened this concert.
****1
Read more

Impossible Brilliance: An Ambitious Celebration of Conlon Nancarrow

Conlon Nancarrow  ©  Schott Music / Peter Andersen
This weekend saw the Southbank Centre embark on an ambitious festival programme of rarely performed composer Conlon Nancarrow. One of the main reasons Nancarrow’s music is rarely performed is that the vast majority of what he wrote was for the archaic player piano.
****1
Read more

Musical Modernism with Ursula Oppens and the JACK Quartet

Ursula Oppens,  ©  Christian Steiner
Good news for skeptics: modernist music can be beautiful. If what keeps listeners away from the “difficult” music written in the past century is a fear of dissonance, they can rest assured.
****1
Read more