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A Review of a Concert of Experimental Music from England

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 18 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

Charles Amirkhanian reviews a concert by the San Francisco Conservatory New Music Ensemble of avant-garde or experimental music, by mostly young English composers, which was held on March 21, 1974 and was to be repeated the next day. Excerpts of works heard include an arrangement of an early 20th century waltz, a song based on a Chinese melody by Cornelius Cardew, and a rondo by Christopher Hobbs. Also heard are segments of two pieces by Gavin Bryars, one inspired by the story of the Titanic, and another by a film of a London tramp singing an old hymn. Both of Bryars’ pieces, which he introduced himself, were accompanied by visual projections of pictures or films and have a beautiful yet haunting quality to them. Much of this work is based on re-workings of Victorian waltz melodies and sentimental salon pieces. Most of the pieces are consonant, some even very emotional.

Musical Selections:  The Eden Valley Waltz [excerpt] (ca. 1900) / Crawshaw Crabtree [arr. by James Ronald Lampard] -- Wild Lilies Bloom Red As Flame [excerpt] / [a Shensi folk song, arr. by Cornelius Cardew] -- Rondo Fantasia [excerpt] (1974) / Christopher Hobbs -- Autumn Countdown Machine [excerpt] / John White -- The Sinking of the Titanic [excerpt] (1969-74) / Gavin Bryars -- Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet [excerpt] (1971-72) / Gavin Bryars
Performers:  San Francisco Conservatory New Music Ensemble
John Adams, director
Genres:  20th Century Classical; Avant-Garde
Subject:  20th century classical; Avant-garde (Music) ; Waltzes ; Instrumental ensembles; Songs with instrumental ensemble; Folk songs, Chinese; Monologues with music (Instrumental ensemble) ; Aleatory music; Songs (Low voice) with instrumental ensemble; Sacred songs (Low voice) with instrumental ensemble; Mixed media (Music)
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Crabtree, Crawshaw; Lampard, James Ronald; White, John, 1936-; Cardew, Cornelius ; Bryars, Gavin; Hobbs, Christopher, 1950-; Adams, John, 1947-
Recording Date:  3/22/1974
First Broadcast Date:  3/22/1974
 
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