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Leng Tan, Margaret: She Herself Alone [DVD] (Mode Records)

Margaret Leng Tan performing works by Cage, Crumb, Griswold, &c. on toy pianos, toy instruments, piano, percussion, music boxes, and voice, raising miniature instruments to "serious music" status.

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DVD NTSC; 16:9 Aspect Ratio; Region 0; 60 minutes; Dolby Digital 2.0; Uncompressed 96khz/24-bit Stereo

UPC: 764593022190

Label: Mode Records
Catalog ID: mode 221 DVD
Squidco Product Code: 13297

Format: DVD
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: USA
Packaging: DVD snap case
Recorded at Systems Two Studios, in Brooklyn, NY, on January 7th through the 9th, 2010.


Margaret Leng Tan-toy piano, piano, prepared piano, woodblocks, music boxes, bicycle bell, hornm train whistle, voice, toy psaltery

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track listing:

John Cage

1. Suite for Toy Piano 7:07

Eric Griswold

Old MacDonald's Yellow Submarine 15:57

6. On that Farm 3:29

7. e-i-e-i-o 1:47

8. Pink Memories 1:43

9. Chooks! 1:56

10. Bicycle Lee Hooker 2:21

11. Old MacDonald's Yellow Submarine 4:04

Toby Twining

12. An American in Buenos Aires A Blues Tango 5:03

George Crumb

13. Put My Little Shoes Away 3:22

Jerome Kitzke

14. The Animist Child 7:04

John Cage

15. Dream 7:59

Ross Bolleter

16. Hymn to Ruin 7:06

Laura Liben

17. She Herself Alone 6:06
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"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 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).


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."-Mode Records

DVD NTSC; 16:9 Aspect Ratio; Region 0; 60 minutes; Dolby Digital 2.0; Uncompressed 96khz/24-bit Stereo
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