MAURICIO KAGEL (1931-2008): Metapiece (Mimetics), 4 piezas, An Tasten, MM51.
Catalogue Number: 12T046
Reference: WER 7363 2
Description: Mimetics is a conceptual work from 1961. Kagel composed a work called Metapiece, which consists of 13 pages in the form of a leporello, a concertina-like arrangement that can be unfolded to display different combinations of pages. The pages provide the pitch material and other parameters according to prescribed rules in graphic notation, allowing the performer a good deal of license. Preparation of the piano and various extended techniques are also permitted. Any combination of pages, which accumulate density with rising number, may be played in any order, but not repeated. Furthermore, they may be played in succession or simultaneously with other piano works, either by Kagel or others. When performed in this way, as either a compound work or a quasi-recital, the piece is called Mimetics. Liebner has produced a realization of Mimetics for this CD by alternating pages of Metapiece with Kagel's first known work for piano; the dodecaphonic 4 piezas (1954). This is followed by Kagel's large etude An Tasten (1977) played simultaneously with Metapiece. The etude consists of sequences of major and minor triads, and bears more than a passing resemblance to minimalism; the Metapiece material chosen is radically different in almost every respect, and forms a kind of disruptive foil to the consonant etude. Next is page 6 of Metapiece, followed by mm51, a collage of film music cliches from 1976, and finally a 24-minute version of the pages of Metapiece in the order 2, 3, 8, 9, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 4, 5, 1, with modifications of the piano timbre by means of objects placed on the strings. Sabine Liebner (piano).