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New Directions in Europe: Program No. 3 60 min Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Program No. 3 from a 13-part series exploring new music activity throughout Europe, produced in 1984 by Ned Wharton of KFJM (Grand Forks, North Dakota), and funded by a grant from the National Public Radio’s Satellite Development Fund....
Pacifica is 25 84 min Current Events
Poetry
The first quarter century of Pacifica Radio and KPFA is documented in this program produced by Larry Josephson, longtime staff member of WBAI in New York, and erstwhile producer of KPFA’s the Morning Show. Interviews with many...
Paul Dessau: His Life & Music 116 min Music Theater
Opera
Ted Cohen of WBAI-FM, presents a documentary on the life and music of the German Jewish composer Paul Dessau. Born in Hamburg in 1894 (and eventually dying in East Berlin in 1979), Dessau’s tumultuous life included periods of obscurity,...
Portrait of Composer Colin McPhee 18 min New Music
Charles Amirkhanian introduces the life and music of Colin McPhee (1901-1964), with commentary by Henry Cowell and Lou Harrison. A classically trained pianist and composer, McPhee became prominent in the 1930's modern music movement in...
Report on Music: Eric Salzman discusses Varèse 76 min New Music
Avant-Garde
From a recording made in 1962, composer and music critic Eric Salzman provides an overview of several seminal works by Edgard Varèse as well as discussing the impact Varèse has had on contemporary music.
Selected Writings and Music of Erik Satie 58 min Classical Music
20th Century Classical
A program first broadcast in 1968 featuring Howard Hersh reading excerpts from the collected writings of French composer and pianist Erik Satie. The selections, which seem to be taken from assorted lectures, essays, and perhaps diary...
Song of Love: The Story of Robert and Clara Schumann 49 min Classical Music
Claude Frank, a talented pianist and music professor, offers up this, at times hilarious, portrayal of the life and music of Robert and Clara Schumann. Apparently inspired by the MGM cinematic melodrama of the same name, which he had seen...
Stravinsky in Rehearsal from 1947 59 min 20th Century Classical
In 1947, William Malloch, possessed by a sense of history, recorded Igor Stravinsky rehearsing his new revision of his “Symphonies of Wind Instruments in Memory of Debussy”. Malloch comments upon and plays this historical recording,...
The History of Sound Poetry: An Introduction 70 min Sound Poetry
Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Charles Amirkhanian traces developments in 20th century text-sound composition, including recorded examples by such historical figures as Kurt Schwitters, Raoul Hausmann, Ernst Toch, Gertrude Stein, Mauricio Lemaitre, François Dufrene and...
The Jewish Bob Dylan 29 min Folk Music
Popular Music
Bernard Timberg analyzes the songs of Bob Dylan looking for Jewish themes and imagery. He identifies messianic longings in “Quinn the Eskimo”; references to Jewish burial practices in “Masters of War”; and finds significance in...
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