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Margaret Leng Tan, piano

Piano recital


John Cage (1912-1992)
The Perilous Night (1944, 13’) for prepared piano

Henry Cowell (1897-1965)
The Tides of Manaunaun (1917)
Aeolian Harp (1923)
The Banshee (1925)
Advertisement (1914/1959) 13’ in total

George Crumb (1929)
Metamorphoses (Book I) (2015-2017, 45’)
Ten Fantasy-Pieces (after celebrated paintings) for amplified piano - Italian premiere

1. Black Prince (1927) Paul Klee
2. Goldfish (1925) Paul Klee
3. Wheatfield With Crows (1890) Vincent van Gogh
4. The Fiddler (1912-13) Marc Chagall
5. Nocturne: Blue and Gold (Southampton Water) (1871) James McNeill Whistler
6. Perilous Night (1990) Jasper Johns
7. Clowns at Night (1957) Marc Chagall
8. Contes Barbares (1902) Paul Gauguin
9. The Persistence of Memory (1931) Salvador Dalí
10. The Blue Rider (1903) Vasily Kandinsky


Margaret Leng Tan piano
Monica Duncan video
special thanks to the National Arts Council of Singapore


Hailed as the “diva of avant-garde pianism”, and Cage and Crumb’s favourite performer, Margaret Leng Tan bears the burden of an artistic biography that is history. Her concert presents the pioneers who laid the foundations for every extension of the language of the piano, inaugurating an experimentation with the instrument that remains essential to this day.

John Cage, Henry Cowell and George Crumb: the protagonists of avant-garde piano in the United States.
The Perilous Night corresponds to Cage’s intention to create “a percussion orchestra under the control of a single player”.
Cowell is credited with two innovations: the use of clusters, which are played with the palm of the hand, the forearms and fists in The Tides of Manaunaun and Advertisement, and the string piano, for which the performer plays the strings of the instrument directly, as in Aeolian Harp and The Banshee.
Inspired by ten paintings (by Chagall, Kandinsky and Klee, among others), the cycle Metamorphoses, Book I is a compendium of Crumb’s language that requires the performer to sing and act, and play not only the grand piano, but a toy piano and various small percussion instruments as well.

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