Latin American Electroacoustic Music Collection

alcides lanza, plectros II (1966-I), 1966

Recording time: 4 min 52 s.
Instruments: For piano and electronic sounds
Recorded at: Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center. New York, United States.
Remarks: Clara Lichtenstein Recital Hall. alcides lanza, piano.

Other resources available:
- Biography of alcides lanza
- Compositions by alcides lanza

About this composition:

This composition was written in NYC, at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center. this was lanza's second tape composition. it was written for Chilean pianist Carla Hübner and is dedicated to her. she premiered the work at the IV Contemporary Music Spring Festival, in Bloomington, Indiana, in May 1966.

plectros II extends the ideas already used in lanza's plectros I [1962] that is, the opposition of two different worlds of sounds. the pianist produces 'electronic type sounds' by the interaction of techniques using the keyboard and playing directly on the strings; on the other hand the electronic tape has synthetic 'quasi-piano' type of materials. graphic notation in the score part goes hand in hand with conventional notation.

plectrum: small piece of wood, metal, ivory or hard plastic, used for plucking string on music instruments. also, an anatomical part resembling a 'plectrum' in shape [from the Greek 'plektron'].