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Ode To Gravity:
Survival of the Fiddle: Music by Steve Reich & Michael Sahl

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 55 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA

Two avant-garde works for violin, played by one of the world’s leading musicians, Paul Zukofsky. In a “Mitzvah for the Dead, for Violin and Tape”, Michael Sahl has written a piece in four movements which recalls tonal music as a possibility for usage in not merely collage snippets, but as an important element basic to the conception of the work. In the second work, “Violin Phase” by Steve Reich, the composer takes samples of sound and subjects them to a sort of magnification that provides the listener with the opportunity to notice elements that would normally be lost. The entire work is generated out of less than sixty seconds of material. It is suggested that the listener suppress any initial desire to turn it off, but to rather increase the volume, sit comfortably, relax, and let go. Notice the combinations formed by the overlapping of the elements and try to use the experience as a liberating, yet impersonal type of ritual. Paul Zukofsky will assist you in this. (from KPFA Folio)

Musical Selections:  A Mitzvah for the Dead (1966) / Michael Sahl -- Violin Phase (1967) / Steve Reich
Performers:  Paul Zukofsky, violin
Genres:  New Music; Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  New music; 20th century classical; Violin music; Electronic and violin music; Electro-acoustic
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Reich, Steve, 1936-; Sahl, Michael, 1934-; Zukofsky, Paul
Recording Date:  6/3/1970
First Broadcast Date:  6/3/1970
 
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