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Margaret Leng Tan

She Herself Alone (The Art of the Toy Piano 2)

  • Type DVD movie
  • Label Mode Records
  • UPC 0764593022190
  • Catalog number MODEDVD 221
  • Release date 01 January 2010
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About the album

n addition to being a renowned new music pianist, Margaret Leng Tan is the foremost specialist at the toy piano. She has concertized worldwide with her miniature instruments, bestowing them with serious music status in repertoire both written for her and arrangements.

For this disc of attractive yet challenging music, Ms. Tan performs Cage’s classic “Suite for Toy Piano” plus her arrangement of Cage’s seminal “Dream” for toy & grand piano (a work that foreshadowed new age music); and her arrangement for voice and toy instruments of a recent song by George Crumb.

Ms. Tan uses no less than six different toy pianos here. Some works find the toy piano performed with other instruments including grand piano, toy zithers, music boxes, glockenspiels and percussion, with Ms. Tan as a veritable one-person toy orchestra.

Her initial toy piano CD, “The Art of the Toy Piano” on Philips/Point (1997) was critically acclaimed and a strong cross-over seller.

This long awaited follow-up recording combines serious classics (Cage’s “Suite”) with colorful fun (Griswold), a sultry blues-tango (Twining), drama (Crumb), to haunting meditations (Cage’s “Dream” and Liben).

Also available on DVD with full video.

(Click on a track title to listen)
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    Suite for Toy Piano
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    Suite for Toy Piano
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    Suite for Toy Piano
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    Suite for Toy Piano
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    Suite for Toy Piano
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    Old MacDonald’s Yellow Submarine On that Farm
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    Old MacDonald’s Yellow Submarine e-i-e-i-o
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    Old MacDonald’s Yellow Submarine Pink Memories
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    Old MacDonald’s Yellow Submarine Chooks!
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    Old MacDonald’s Yellow Submarine Bicycle Lee Hooker
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    Old MacDonald’s Yellow Submarine
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    An American in Buenos Aires (A Blues Tango)
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    Put My Little Shoes Away
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    The Animist Child
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    Hymn to Ruin
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    She Herself Alone

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