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An Avalanche of Pianos

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 61 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

From September 30, 1971, this is a recording of what was a live broadcast from Gordon’s Piano Shop, 1776 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley CA, of local composer, John Dinwiddie’s piece for fifteen or more (that’s right, count them), pianos. “Improvisational Format” received its world premiere during this performance and featured 17 locals musicians under the direction of the composer. The listening public was encouraged to come down to the shop to witness this extraordinary performance, which also included Philip Corner’s “C Major Chord.” This latter piece of aleatoric music came with the sole instruction that any number of pianists must play a C Major chord.

Musical Selections:  Improvisational Format, for piano ensemble (1971) (35:40) / John Dinwiddie [world premiere] -- C Major Chord, for piano ensemble (1962) (19:25) / Philip Corner
Performers:  Julian White, piano
Martin Weber (sp?), piano
Jan Pusina, piano
Don Walker, piano
Will Johnson (sp?), piano
David Lowe, piano
Thomas Suczek (sp?), piano
Lewis Kaplan (sp?), piano
Ingrid Madsen (sp?), piano
Phil Ratouche (sp?), piano
George Higgins, piano
Ellen Molenski (sp?), piano
Victor Molenski (sp?), piano
Larry Sweeney, piano
Christopher Irwin, piano
David Kempton, piano
Charles Amirkhanian, piano
John Dinwiddie, conductor (Improvisational)
Genre:  New Music
Subject:  New music; Piano ensembles; Aleatory music
People:  Dinwiddie, John; Corner, Philip; White, Julian, 1930-2006; Pusina, Jan; Walker, Don, 1941-; Lowe, David (Musician); Suczek, Thomas; Higgins, George (Musician); Sweeney, Laurence ; Amirkhanian, Charles
Recording Date:  9/30/1971
First Broadcast Date:  9/30/1971
 
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