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Marc-André Hamelin - Pop Music for Player Piano

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Published on Sep 17, 2010

The source of Hamlin's Pop Music was the local ice-cream truck, which played the tune 'Pop goes the weasel'. Hamelin got obsessed by this tune. The result (for Player Piano) you can hear now. Nearly all Contemporary Original Compositions for Player Piano were influenced by the genius Studies for Player Piano of Conlon Nancarrow. The composers James Tenney, György Ligeti, Michael Denhoff, Steffen Schleiermacher, Tom Johnson, Wolfgang Heisig, Francis Bowdery, Krzysztof Meyer, Gerhard Stäbler, Daniele Lombardi, Kiyoshi Furukawa, Adriana Hölszky, Bernhard Lang and also the supervirtuoso Marc-André Hamelin -- they all used the superhuman possibilities of the Player Piano. This clip was recorded with a Bösendorfer Ampico Grand, finely restored by Jörg Borchardt according to Nancarrows directions. See www.playerpianokonzerte.de and www.nancarrow.de

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