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Karen Tanaka

Publisher: Chester Music

Crystalline II (1996)
Commissioned by Yokohama city
Chester Music Ltd
Solo Keyboard(s)
Year Composed
7 Minutes
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Karen Tanaka Crystalline II (1996)
Since I composed 'Crystalline' for solo piano in 1988, I have desired to project the image of crystals in sounds and space. 'Crystalline II' (1995-96), as well as 'Hommage en cristal' (1991) and 'Metallic Crystal' (1994-95) are linked to this earlier piece in which a glassy, solid, yet transparent sound suggests cold, crystal sound sculptures.

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Karen Tanaka’s “Crystalline II” (1996), performed by Blair McMillen, turned out to be the program’s most entrancing piece, mainly because of the way it expands from the mysterious, delicately cascading figures that open it to the full-throttle fortissimo called for in its final pages. Mr. McMillen’s astute, focused playing brought that transformation to life.
Allan Kozinn, The New York Times,20/05/2009
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