Victoria Neve performs George Crumb's Metamorphoses, Book I (2017)
San Francisco premiere of George Crumb's Metamorphoses Book I, Ten Fantasy-Pieces (after celebrated paintings), for amplified piano. Performed by SFSU piano professor, Dr. Victoria Neve.
The set features various extended piano techniques, including direct strumming and plucking of strings, the use of harmonics, and special pedal effects.
George Crumb (1929-2022) cites Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition as inspiration, "the idea of transforming visual art into sound. . .I sometimes wonder if this sort of artistic reincarnation would even be possible without the application of a kind of musical 'black magic.