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Don't Panic! - 60 Seconds For Piano / Guy Livingston


Release Date: 06/12/2001 
Label:  Wergo   Catalog #: 6649   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dan WarburtonJonathan KatzDaniel LandauCarl Faia,   ... 
Performer:  Guy LivingstonJoana Preiss
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Anyone who doubts new piano music is alive, healthy, and thriving need only investigate Don't Panic!, a collection of 60 one-minute-maximum works by 60 composers from 18 countries. Pianist Guy Livingston instigated the project, and you could hardly find a more affable and imaginative performer to do justice to such a wide stylistic and emotional range of music. I had the good fortune to hear Livingston perform selections from Don't Panic! on a dinky upright piano in a tiny New York nightclub, of all places. The sheer fun, enthusiasm, and fearless virtuosity he brought to the music totally comes across on disc, abetted by splendid engineering and, of course, a beautiful grand piano.

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What are my favorite pieces? I can't tell you, because they change from day to day, minute by minute. For starters, there's the jazzy jaggedness of T.J. Anderson's Watermelon Revisited, the gracious keyboard writing and humor of Vanessa Lann's DD (Double D), William Bolcom's witty and harmonically refined A 60-second Ballet for Chickens, and Josh Cody's dense and difficult Two-Chord Warp. High-register twitterings dominate Paul Beaudoin's re:dance; Marek Zebrowski's Ex tempore takes its cue from Scriabin; and Roger Kleier's trademark power guitar chords find a formidable pianistic equivalent in Step Out of the Car. Moritz Eggert's Hämmerklavier XI weaves rapid text and music fragments into a mesmerizing short-attention-span theater, while Ketzel Cotel's "piece for paws" is a note-for-note transcription of musical notes played by a cat walking across a keyboard. (Maybe it should have been titled "Kidding on the Keys".)


It's best to discover your own favorites, either by sticking with Livingston's carefully considered running order, or pressing the random play button and letting yourself be surprised. This is one of the freshest and most entertaining new music piano discs of 2001, and it deserves to sell millions. Livingston continues to collect one-minute pieces from composers (including my own demented compression of all 32 Beethoven Sonatas within a 60-second time frame!), and perhaps there's enough music for a sequel in the near future. You go, Guy!
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Speed Study I by Dan Warburton
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Manchester, England 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 9 Secs. 
2. WENDIGO by Jonathan Katz
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Tokyo, Japan 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 13 Secs. 
3. Losing It Again by Daniel Landau
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano), Guy Livingston (Tapes)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: The Hague, Netherlan 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 13 Secs. 
4. What if I just said... by Carl Faia
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Tapes), Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 11 Secs. 
5. Step out of the Car by Roger Kleier
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: New York, USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 0 Minutes 59 Secs. 
6. The Scream by Donal Fox
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Boston, Massachusett 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 5 Secs. 
7. Database of Desire by James Baiye
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano), Joana Preiss (Spoken Vocals)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: French 
8. Scendi un minuto by Roberto Andreoni
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Milan, Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 5 Secs. 
9. Mason and Dixon by Brian Escriv
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Toronto, Canada 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 0 Minutes 24 Secs. 
10. Brooklyn, October 5, 1941 by Annie Gosfield
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Prepared Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: New York, USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 21 Secs. 
11. Re: Dance (PNMR) by Paul Beaudoin
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Allston, Massachuset 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
12. Ex tempore by Marek Zebrowski
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Los Angeles, Califor 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 4 Secs. 
13. Not [an] anfang by Louis Andriessen
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Amsterdam, Netherlan 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 12 Secs. 
14. Spangles by Christopher Culpo
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 4 Secs. 
15. 42 Second Piano by Isak Goldschneider
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano), Guy Livingston (Tapes)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: The Hague, Netherlan 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 0 Minutes 47 Secs. 
16. Conflict of Interest by Richard Brooks
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brooklyn, New York, 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 0 Minutes 59 Secs. 
17. Joke by Danielle Baas
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brussels, Belgium 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 0 Secs. 
18. Cowboy Song by Charles Shadle
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Medford, Massachuset 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 0 Minutes 55 Secs. 
19. Who asked you? by Sophie De Wit
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Los Angeles, Califor 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 0 Minutes 34 Secs. 
20. EIGHT 8 by Atsushi Yoshinaka
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: San Diego, Californi 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
21. Kodaly Music Box by Paul Von Hippel
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Columbus, Ohio, USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 0 Secs. 
22. NA'OU'RA by Eilon Aviram
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Percussion), Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Israel 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 0 Minutes 57 Secs. 
23. 59" of Piano by Jonathan Norton
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Menlo Park, Californ 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 0 Minutes 58 Secs. 
24. Cold Springs Branch, 10 p.m. by Alan Frederick Shockley
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Richmond, Virginia, 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
25. Hämmerklavier XI by Moritz Eggert
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano), Guy Livingston (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Munich, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: English 
26. MEDITATION by Derek Bermel
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: New Rochelle, New Yo 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 11 Secs. 
27. Tonal Imagery by Tuyet A. Tran
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: New York, USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
28. Slusha, for C.E.. by Fritz Lauer
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Halifax, Nova Scotia 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 0 Minutes 48 Secs. 
29. A 60-second Ballet (for Chickens) by William Bolcom
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Ann Arbor, Michigan, 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 5 Secs. 
30. Two-Chord Warp by Joshua Cody
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: New York, USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 1 Secs. 
31. GIRO I by Joanna Bailie
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Amsterdam, Netherlan 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 0 Minutes 54 Secs. 
32. I' de Tonio Kröger by Martial Robert
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Nantes, France 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 10 Secs. 
33. Absolutis-s by Patricia E. Martinez
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Buenos Aires, Argent 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 0 Minutes 33 Secs. 
34. PASSATEMPO by Riccardo Vaglini
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Pisa, Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 0 Minutes 42 Secs. 
35. I'm Afraid You Might Ask for a Fragment of my Soul by Gene Pritsker
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: New York, USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 5 Secs. 
36. Nakano-ku (à S.D.) by Newt Hinton
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano), Guy Livingston (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Vilnius, Lithuania 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 0 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: French 
37. Moondrunk by Ketty Nez
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: San Francisco, CA, U 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 17 Secs. 
38. xxx.rhapsody by Patrick Cahallan
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Dublin, Ireland 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 0 Minutes 38 Secs. 
39. Prelude for Piano I by Yoichi Togawa
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Osaka, Japan 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 3 Secs. 
40. Punch and Judy's Waltz by Barbara Engel
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cambridge, Massachus 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 3 Secs. 
41. Miró Sketches (3) for Piano: no 1, L'Or de l'azure by Joseph Rovan
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Tallahassee, Florida 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 18 Secs. 
42. Sonata Moirai by Frederick Frahm
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: La Conner, Washingto 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 11 Secs. 
43. Jenseits des Guten und des Bösen by Viktor Ekimovski
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Moscow 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 0 Minutes 38 Secs. 
44. Verscheibung by Alper Maral
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Istanbul, Turkey 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 0 Minutes 54 Secs. 
45. Piano Piece for Guy by Stéphane Leach
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Prepared Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
46. Piece for Paws by Ketzel Cotel
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: New York, USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 0 Minutes 21 Secs. 
47. DD (Double D) by Vanessa Lann
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: The Hague, Netherlan 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 0 Secs. 
48. Minute Rice by Walter Haven
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Keene, New Hampshire 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 0 Minutes 51 Secs. 
49. Saltarello for Guy by Giovanni Mancuso
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Prepared Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 0 Minutes 51 Secs. 
50. Polis by Sergio Pallante
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Messina, Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 9 Secs. 
51. Réveil by D. Andrew Stewart
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Percussion), Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Toronto, Canada 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 17 Secs. 
52. Snaps by Elliott Sharp
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: New York, USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 6 Secs. 
53. Specks by Robert Eidschun
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Rochester, New York, 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 6 Secs. 
54. Prelude for Piano by Lionel Sainsbury
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Chadlington, England 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
55. Slowness by Richard Carrick
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: San Diego, Californi 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 0 Minutes 49 Secs. 
56. Thinking by Walter Sanchez
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Lafayette, Californi 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 0 Minutes 57 Secs. 
57. HARU NO YOI - Miyabi no Uta by Atsushi Yoshinaka
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Tokyo, Japan 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
58. Parce que je le vaux bien by Atanasio Khyrsh
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Munich, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 0 Minutes 26 Secs. 
59. Theft by Lansing McLoskey
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Voice), Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cambridge, England 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: English 
60. Watermelon Revisited by Anderson, Thomas J., Jr.
Performer:  Guy Livingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Chapel Hill, North C 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 0 Minutes 55 Secs. 

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