I have decided to add a new category “historic composers” to log posts about dead composers, the ones who’s music is still contemporary. I’ll start off with Conlon Nancarrow. A lot of what I read about Nancarrow from the limited text resources describes his music as unusual or some other related term. I’ve been meaning to look up the biography penned by the author/composer over at Post-Classic, Kyle Gann.
Anyway, I don’t find his music zany or unusual as much as I find it compelling, witty and smart. In some ways a contemporary Mozart if you will. I’ll be writing down more thoughts on Nancarrow’s music from time to time over the coming years here at AAM. I know this post is cursory, but the music in the video below is anything but.