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Thisis the beginning of a web page devoted to composer Conlon Nancarrow (1912- 1997). He was born and raised in Texarkana, Arkansas and went on to beone of the most respected composers of "modern" art music of the 20th century. He focused nearly all of his musical energy on writing very rhythmicallycomplex music for the player piano.
These photos were taken by Janet Greeson while she and her husband werein Mexico City in 1984 when we spent a day interviewing Mr. Nancarrow athis pleasant home in a residential section of the city. I've alsoincluded some excerpts from the interview.
To hear his music
for player pianos you can visit Mullins Library onthe University of
Arkansas campus in Fayetteville, Arkansas, which hasa nice collection
of his music in both recordings and scores. Alsothe German
recording company Wergo has released three CD sets with mostof his
player piano music on them. Wergo 60165, 60166, 60168.
These are audio clips from our six hour longinterview with Conlon Nancarrow in 1984. Feel free to email me ifyou want more access to some of the interview or the 50 odd photos we took:firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancarrow discussing his Rhythmic Study No.1 (mp3 file - 224k)
Nancarrow discussing his Rhythmic Study No.1 (Real Audio - 78k)
Nancarrow discusses one of his favorite RhythmicStudies (mp3 - 160k)
Nancarrow discusses one of his favorite Studies (Real Audio - 80k)
This is a nice photo of Nancarrow at hispiano roll hole punching machine with James Greeson (me) behind him. Nancarrow hand punched every note in his long and complex compositionshimself. This was an arduous process which often took as long asa year to complete.
Also taken by my wife, Janet Greeson in 1984, this photo was takenin his living room.
The Piano Roll for Study #33
The Courtyard outside of Nancarrow's Mexico City home
Another view of his courtyard
NancarrowInterview - the text and some photos of an interview conducted in 1984.
Jurgen Hocker's Nancarrow website, an excellent site with lots of photos and other info.
Kyle Gann's NancarrowWeb Page
Tom Rodwell'sNancarrow Page
A list of recordingsof Nancarrow's music