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Toy Piano Takes the Stage

Digital Audio Album

The Toy Piano Takes the Stage : Music for Toy Piano / Antonietta Loffredo.

Featured Australian works

  Work Composer PerformersDuration
Japanese Knitting (2021) for toy piano and three knitting needles
Recorded/performed at: HD Studios, Lecco, Italy, on Feb 21.
Diana Blom Antonietta Loffredo 3 mins, 55 sec.
Constellations (2020) — solo toy piano
Recorded/performed at: HD Studios, Lecco, Italy, on Feb 21.
Paul Smith Antonietta Loffredo 3 mins, 37 sec.

Also includes: Lines / Rica Narimoto -- Quasi rituale / Gaston Polle Ansaldi -- Tic-Tac-Toy / Marco Pedrazzi -- Oceans of Time / Mats O Hansson -- Bâchage Prelude / J.M. Block -- Toy Dance / Mercedes Zavala -- Three Pictures / Fabio Luppi -- Diversions / Chris Adams -- Direttore di latta / Alicia S. Reyes -- Toy, toy, toy! / Gian Paolo Luppi -- Chôrinho sambado para o Schroeder / Antonio Giacometti.

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"After having joined Cage's new musical world of sounds, the toy piano started increasingly to acquire the status of an instrument in its own right. Nowadays networks of performers and composers across the Western and Asian worlds explore the sonorities and possibilities of toy piano, continuing the path started by Cage. It is a curious fact, and perhaps worthy of reflection, that, in an era devoted to the highest technologies, a number of musicians nowadays choose to devote themselves to an arguably imperfect instrument. The lack of intonation, unpredictable overtones, noisy mechanism and difficulties to master, are 'deficiencies' that don't seem to hinder but instead inspire this curious play-community." (A.L., 2018)

The pieces included in this CD highlight the ongoing and growing interest in this instrument. Most of them have been premiered at the Music as Play Festival - The toy piano takes the stage, held in Como (Italy) in 2019. Works by Diana Blom, Antonio Giacometti, and Paul Smith have been especially commissioned for this recording.

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