Conlon Nancarrow (1912-1997)

Music for 1000 Fingers, The Composer Conlon Nancarrow (1993, dir Hanne Kaisik & Uli Aumüller ) [German language]

Samuel Conlon Nancarrow (October 27, 1912 – August 10, 1997) was an American-born composer who lived and worked in Mexico for most of his life. He became a Mexican citizen in 1956.

Nancarrow is best remembered for his Studies for Player Piano, being one of the first composers to use auto-playing musical instruments, realising their potential to play far beyond human performance ability. He lived most of his life in relative isolation, and did not become widely known until the 1980s.

Nancarrow in UbuWeb Sound