Conlon Nancarrow

Conlon Nancarrow (October 27, 1912 – August 10, 1997) was a United States-born composer who lived and worked in Mexico for most of his life. He became a Mexican citizen in 1955.

Nancarrow is best remembered for the pieces he wrote for the player piano. He was one of the first composers to use musical instruments as mechanical machines, making them play far beyond human performance ability. He lived most of his life in relative isolation, not becoming widely known until the 1980s.

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... These are the only available recordings using Nancarrow's original instruments two 1927 Ampico player pianos, one with metal-covered felt hammers and the other with leather strips on the hammers, representing the most ... Nancarrow's entire output for player piano has been recorded and released on the German Wergo label in 1989–1991 ... In 1993, BMG released a CD (090262611802) of works by Nancarrow (Studies for Player Piano, Tango, Toccata, Piece No.2 for Small Orchestra, Trio, Sarabande Scherzo) played by Ensemble Modern, conducted by Ingo ...