Nancarrow Stings for the London Sinfonietta

On the evening of 21st April 2012 the London Sinfonietta played a concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall featuring Nancarrow chamber works plus new and existing arrangements of his Player Piano Studies as part of the Impossible Brilliance: The Music of Conlon Nancarrow festival. The first piece in the programme was Study No.21 or Canon X arranged by Dominic Murcott, which consists of a slow voice accelerating to "heroic" speeds plus a simultaneous fast voice decelerating.

To introduce this concert we arranged a metaphorical countdown of new pre-recorded miniatures or "stings" designed to lead directly up to the first notes of Canon X. These new works ranged from 1" to 30" in length and were contributed by composers from around the world.

Thirty of these "stings" were written for a quartet from the London Sinfonietta and conducted by Gregory Rose, while twenty-nine were composed using samples from Nancarrow's player piano and they can now be heard by clicking on the SoundCloud links listed below.

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