The strange music of Conlon Nancarrow

I’ve been reading a book entitled “Decomposition—A Music Manifesto” and it mentions the work of an obscure composer, Conlon Nancarrow. Nancorrow toiled away in Mexico City during the 20th century, writing eccentric music for the player piano. He did not actually play the piano, rather, he composed by cutting holes in the piano rolls by hand. That’s dedication!

I looked up some of Nancarrow’s music on Youtube and found it mostly annoying. However, I discovered this piece and liked it. It’s the output of a musical group that took one’s of Nancarrow’s compositions and shared the various parts across several instruments. It has a delightful cartoon vibe!

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