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Open Evening:
Beethoven's 200th Birthday: The Avant-Garde Celebrates Beethoven?

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 184 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

A somewhat irreverent, bicentennial birthday celebration of Ludwig van Beethoven with Charles Amirkhanian, pianist Julian White, and guests. After a rousing start with Chuck Berry’s “Roll Over Beethoven.” the “Overture to ‘Fidelio’” is heard, followed by a reading by George Cleve on the subject of Beethoven’s life and death. Amirkhanian then plays a number of the Maestro’s lighter works, including his “Trio in G Major” for three flutes, and the “Five Variations on ‘Rule Britannia.” Charles is then joined

by White who reads from a number of biographical sketches written by Beethoven’s contemporaries as well as some entries from the composer’s diary. This is followed by a discussion of Beethoven’s declining health with two purported medical experts, Drs. Gestalt and Schmutzig. Their credentials and command of medical terminology may be a bit tenuous yet this entertaining discussion does shine some light on the composer’s descent into alcoholism, deafness, and untimely death. Also included are two very beautiful compositions which honor the great composer on the two hundredth anniversary of his birth. We hear Mauricio Kagel’s “Ludwig Van” a William S. Burroughs like cut-up of the chamber works of Beethoven. This is followed by Karlheinz Stockhausen’s “Opus 1970,” an electronic tribute, incorporating recordings of Beethoven’s music.

Note This program received many complaints for its sacrilegious approach to the subject.

Part 1 of 3:  
Musical Selections:  Roll Over Beethoven (1956) (2:24) / Chuck Berry -- Fidelio Overture, Op. 72b (1814) (6:15) / Ludwig van Beethoven -- Trio in G Major, for three flutes [excerpt] (10:16) / Ludwig van Beethoven -- Five Variations on Rule Britannia (1803) (8:37) / Ludwig van Beethoven -- Variation in D Major, WoO 44b, for mandolin and harpsichord (1796) (9:50) / Ludwig van Beethoven
Performers:  Cleveland Orchestra (Fidelio)
George Szell, conductor (Fidelio)
Jean-Pierre Rampal , flute (Trio)
Christian Larde, flute (Trio)
Alain Marion, flute (Trio)
Alfred Brendel, piano (Five)
Genre:  Classical Music
Subject:  Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827; 19th century classical; Rock music; Overtures; Woodwind trios (Flutes (3)); Variations (Piano); Mandolin and harpsichord music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; White, Julian, 1930-2006; Berry, Chuck; Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827; Szell, George, 1897-1970; Cleve, George; Rampal, Jean Pierre; Lardé, Christian; Marion, Alain; Brendel, Alfred
Recording Date:  12/16/1970
First Broadcast Date:  12/16/1970
 
Part 2 of 3:  
Musical Selections:  Ludwig Van (1969-70) (52:00 / Mauricio Kagel -- Opus 1970 [part 1] (1969) (9:49) / Karlheinz Stockhausen
Performers:  William Pearson, baritone (Ludwig)
Carlos Feller, bass (Ludwig)
Bruno Canino, piano (Ludwig)
Frederic Rzewski, piano (Ludwig)
Saschko Gawriloff, violin (Ludwig)
Egbert Ojstersek, violin (Ludwig)
Gérard Ruymen, viola (Ludwig)
Siegfried Palm, cello (Ludwig)
Aloys Kontarsky, piano (Opus)
Johannes G. Fritsch, electric viola (Opus)
Harald Bojé, electronium (Opus)
Rolf Gehlhaar, tam-tam (Opus)
Genres:  Avant-Garde; Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827; Avant-garde (Music) ; Vocal duets with instrumental ensemble; Electronic music; Aleatory music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; White, Julian, 1930-2006; Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827; Kagel, Mauricio; Pearson, William, 1934-; Feller, Carlos ; Canino, Bruno ; Rzewski, Frederic ; Gawriloff, Saschko ; Ojstersek, Egbert ; Ruymen, Gérard ; Palm, Siegfried ; Stockhausen, Karlheinz, 1928-2007; Kontarsky, Aloys ; Fritsch, Johannes G. ; Bojé, Harald ; Gehlhaar, Rolf, 1943-
Recording Date:  12/16/1970
First Broadcast Date:  12/16/1970
 
Part 3 of 3:  
Musical Selections:  Opus 1970 [part 2] (1969) (48:00) / Karlheinz Stockhausen
Performers:  Aloys Kontarsky, piano
Johannes G. Fritsch, electric viola
Harald Bojé, electronium
Rolf Gehlhaar, tam-tam
Genres:  Microtonal Music; Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827; Avant-garde (Music) ; Electronic music; Aleatory music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; White, Julian, 1930-2006; Stockhausen, Karlheinz, 1928-2007; Kontarsky, Aloys ; Fritsch, Johannes G. ; Bojé, Harald ; Gehlhaar, Rolf, 1943-
Recording Date:  12/16/1970
First Broadcast Date:  12/16/1970
 
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