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She Herself Alone - The Art Of The Toy Piano 2 / Margaret Leng Tan

Leng Tan / Cage / Crumb / Bollerter / Kitzke
Release Date: 10/12/2010 
Label:  Mode   Catalog #: 221  
Composer:  John CageErik GriswoldToby TwiningGeorge Crumb,   ... 
Performer:  Margaret Leng Tan
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Margaret Leng Tan, toy pianos, toy instruments, piano, percussion, music boxes, voice

In addition to being a renowned new music pianist, Margaret Leng Tan is the foremost specialist at the toy piano. She has concertized worldwide with her miniature instruments, bestowing them with serious music status in repertoire both written for her and arrangements.

For this disc of attractive yet challenging music, Ms. Tan performs Cage’s classic “Suite for Toy Piano” plus her arrangement of Cage’s seminal “Dream” for toy & grand piano (a work that foreshadowed new age music); and her arrangement for voice and toy instruments of a recent song by George Crumb.

Ms. Tan uses no less than six different toy
Read more pianos here. Some works find the toy piano performed with other instruments including grand piano, toy zithers, music boxes, glockenspiels and percussion, with Ms. Tan as a veritable one-person toy orchestra.

Her initial toy piano CD, “The Art of the Toy Piano” on Philips/Point (1997) was critically acclaimed and a strong cross-over seller.

This long awaited follow-up recording combines serious classics (Cage’s “Suite”) with colorful fun (Griswold), a sultry blues-tango (Twining), drama (Crumb), to haunting meditations (Cage’s “Dream” and Liben).

Original 96khz/24-bit recording.

Liner notes by Margaret Leng Tan.

Each work is treated to its own visual mood, and captures the theatricality of Ms. Tan’s performance combined with the exotic toy instrumentation, as directed by Spanish cinematographer Anton Cabaleiro.

Filmed in high-definition video.

Uncompressed Stereo PCM audio in 96khz/24-bit.
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Works on This Recording

Suite for Toy Piano by John Cage
Performer:  Margaret Leng Tan (Toy Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; USA 
Old MacDonald's Yellow Submarine, for toy piano, prepared piano, music box & percussion by Erik Griswold
Performer:  Margaret Leng Tan (Toy Piano)
Written: 2004 
An American in Buenos Aires (A Blues Tango), for toy piano & piano by Toby Twining
Performer:  Margaret Leng Tan (Toy Piano)
Written: 2001 
Put My Little Shoes Away, for voice, toy piano & toy percussion quartet by George Crumb
Performer:  Margaret Leng Tan (Toy Piano)
Written: 2008 
Dream by John Cage
Performer:  Margaret Leng Tan (Toy Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; USA 
Hymn to Ruin, for ruined toy piano & ruined piano by Ross Bolleter
Performer:  Margaret Leng Tan (Toy Piano)
Written: 2010 
She Herself Alone, for toy piano & toy psaltery by Laura Liben
Performer:  Margaret Leng Tan (Toy Piano)
Written: 1996-2002 

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