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Morning Concert:
Conlon Nancarrow’s 80th Birthday

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 116 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

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Composer Conlon Nancarrow was born on October 27, 1912 in Texaskana, Arkansas and lived in Mexico City from 1940 to his death in 1997. In this program Richard Friedman speaks with him by telephone about his career, and introduces recordings of Nancarrow’s player piano music as well as works for live performers. Friedman also talks to Gordon Mumma who describes the early career of Nancarrow during which his music was largely unappreciated until Henry Cowell, John Cage, and Merce Cunningham took an interest in popularizing the composer’s studies for player piano. Also heard, from a CD released by Music and Arts is “Two Canons for Ursula”, a nearly impossible polytemporal essay played by Ursula Oppens. (from KPFA Folio)

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Study No. 2b -- Study No. 6 -- Study No. 21 -- Study No. 25 -- Study No. 49 (1987) -- Study No. 28 -- Study No. 29 -- String Quartet No. 3 (1987)
Performers:  Arditti Quartet (Quartet No. 3)
Genre:  New Music
Subject:  Nancarrow, Conlon, 1912-1997; New music; Player piano; Mechanical musical instruments; Player piano music; String quartets
People:  Friedman, Richard; Nancarrow, Conlon, 1912-1997 ; Mumma, Gordon, 1935-
Recording Date:  10/27/1992
First Broadcast Date:  10/27/1992
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Study No. 15 -- Piece No. 2 for Small Orchestra (1985) -- Tango? (1983) -- String Quartet No. 1 (1945) -- Study No. 48
Performers:  Yvar Mikhashoff, piano (Study No. 15)
Continuum Ensemble (Piece No. 2 ; Tango?)
Joel Sachs, conductor (Piece No. 2 ; Tango?)
Mia Wu, violin (Quartet No. 1)
Mark Steinberg, violin (Quartet No. 1)
Rachel Evans, viola (Quartet No. 1)
Maria Kitsopoulos, cello (Quartet No. 1)
Genre:  New Music
Subject:  Nancarrow, Conlon, 1912-1997 ; Cunningham, Merce; Cage, John; New music; Piano music; Chamber orchestra music; String quartets; Player piano music
People:  Friedman, Richard; Nancarrow, Conlon, 1912-1997 ; Mumma, Gordon, 1935-; Mikhashoff, Yvar; Sachs, Joel; Wu, Mia; Steinberg, Mark, 1967-; Evans, Rachel (Violist); Kitsopoulos, Maria
Recording Date:  10/27/1992
First Broadcast Date:  10/27/1992
 
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