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Speaking of Music:
Charles Wuorinen

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 127 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

Recorded on January 17, 1985 as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series, Charles Amirkhanian interviews New York composer Charles Wuorinen. Wuorinen is part of the Uptown School of American composers and he discusses the difference between his type of music and that produced by the Downtown School of minimalists and aleatoric influenced composers. Indeed, over the years, Wuorinen has been a strong critic of many avant-garde trends in music, claiming that many composers have strayed far away from the “patrimony” of the European classical tradition. He also voices his opinions about patronage of the arts and the lack of standards in modern composition as well as taking questions from the live audience.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Piano Concerto No. 3 [1st movement] (1983) (6:29) -- Piano Concerto No. 3 [2nd movement] (1983) (13:03) -- Piano Concerto No. 3 [3rd movement] (1983) (10:05)
Performers:  Albany Symphony Orchestra
Julius Hegyi, conductor
Garrick Ohlsson, piano
Genres:  20th Century Classical; Orchestral Music
Subject:  Wuorinen, Charles; 20th century classical; Orchestral music; Concertos (Piano); Uptown composers
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Wuorinen, Charles; Hegyi, Julius; Ohlsson, Garrick
Recording Date:  1/17/1985
First Broadcast Date:  10/28/1985
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Bamboula Squared (1984) (16:31)
Performers:  American Composers Orchestra
Charles Wuorinen, conductor
Genres:  20th Century Classical; Orchestral Music
Subject:  Wuorinen, Charles; Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971; Varèse, Edgard, 1883-1965; Salzedo, Carlos, 1885-1961; Group for Contemporary Music; 20th century classical; New music; Composers; Government aid to music; Music patronage; Composition (Music); Orchestral music; Electro-acoustic; Electronic music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Wuorinen, Charles
Recording Date:  1/17/1985
First Broadcast Date:  10/28/1985
 
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