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ARTIST
TITLE
Continuous Sound Forms (Golden 2)
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
NMN 036CD NMN 036CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
12/11/2000

"This CD features two very special moments of the acoustic production of Charlemagne Palestine. A very peculiar strumming for 2 harpsichords and the first piano composition marking the passage from the electronic music period to strumming technique. Elisabeth Freeman and Charlemagne Palestine met in 1971 at Cal Arts near L.A. while she was a student of the international harpsichord virtuoso Fernando Valenti. The sound and clarity of the harpsichord perfectly fitted the sonic approach of Charlemagne who, in 1975, invented a strumming for her. In 1976 she performed the World Premiere of Strumming for Harpsichord at the Purcell Room in London and the next year, 1977, the American Premiere of this work at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York City to critical success. Then in 1978 they visited the harpsichord factory of William Martin in Pennsylvania and decided to experiment with two harpsichords together. The recording featured in this CD, Duo Strumming for 2 Harpsichords (three excerpts), was recorded in that magic moment. You will experience both the harpsichord sound and the strumming approach in a way you never had before. This recording of Piano Drone, from 1972, was recorded at Cal Arts playing the first Bosendorfer Imperial piano that inspired the piano music style to come. At the beginning we hear Terry Jennings 'Getting His Stuff' and then Charlemagne play in the style of that time which was very arpeggiated liquid and dreamy. This Piano Drone on the original Imperial of California beginning with the voice of Terry Jennings is dedicated to him."