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An Interview with Carlos Chávez (1971)

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 111 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

Charles Amirkhanian and George Cleve talk with noted Maestro, Carlos Chávez, just before his appearance as conductor/musical director of the 1971 Cabrillo Music Festival in Aptos California. Chavez talks about his musical careers, as a composer, conductor, and founder of the Mexico City Symphony. He tells about the time he conducted a work by Varèse in Mexico in 1924. And he talks about his work as music director of the Cabrillo Music Festival. This program, recorded during a live broadcast on the afternoon of July 29, 1971 at KPFA, also includes recordings of the first movement of “H.P.” by Chavez, as well as a 1970 Festival recording of the composer’s “Invención for Piano” and “Discovery for Orchestra”.

Musical Selections:  H. P. (”Horsepower suite, a ballet symphony”) (1927) (4:41) / Carlos Chávez -- Invención for Piano (1958) (21:00) / Carlos Chavez -- A l’après-midi d’un faune (”Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun”) (1891-95) (7:40) / Claude Debussy -- Discovery for Orchestra (1969) (18:00) / Carlos Chavez
Performers:  Silvestre Revueltas, conductor (H.P.)
María Teresa Rodríguez, piano (Invención)
Cabrillo Music Festival Orchestra (Prelude ; Discovery)
Carlos Chávez, conductor (Prelude ; Discovery)
Genres:  20th Century Classical; Orchestral Music
Subject:  Chávez, Carlos, 1899-1978; Bernstein, Leonard, 1918-1990; Mahler, Gustav, 1860-1911; Varèse, Edgard, 1883-1965; Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971; Copland, Aaron, 1900-1990; Cowell, Henry, 1897-1965; Ives, Charles, 1874-1954; Roldán, Amadeo, 1900-1939; Debussy, Claude, 1862-1918; Cabrillo Music Festival; 20th century classical; Composers; Conductors (Music); Composition (Music); Ballets; Suites (Orchestra); Canons, fugues, etc. (Piano); Piano music; Symphonic poems; Orchestral music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Chávez, Carlos, 1899-1978; Cleve, George; Revueltas, Silvestre, 1899-1940; Rodríguez, María Teresa; Debussy, Claude, 1862-1918
Recording Date:  7/29/1971
First Broadcast Date:  9/14/1971
 
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