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Nicolas Slonimsky at the Berkeley Piano Club

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 129 min
Event Type: Lecture / Panel Discussion Program Origin: KPFA

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In this lecture and demonstration, Nicolas Slonimsky covers topics such as polytonality, atonality, scales, the perils of introducing the music of Charles Ives and Edgar Varèse to the Hollywood Bowl audiences in 1933, polyrhythm, and The Grandmother Chord. He then recounts comments made about composers by their contemporary critics, (e.g., there are criticisms of Chopin, Wagner and Stravinsky). A review of his experiences with Performance Art follows and is not to be missed. Answers to questions on John Cage's 4'33", electronic music, John Coltrane, microtonal composition, American women composers, quarter tones, comments by Tchaikovsky on Brahms, comments on Toscanini and Leonard Bernstein, follow and conclude this whirlwind tour of this gifted individual's complex and extraordinary mind.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  My Toy Balloon [excerpts] (1942) / Nicolas Slonimsky -- [demonstration of playing the piano behind his back] -- [demonstration of polytonality] -- [demonstrations of musical scales] -- Studies in Black and White for piano [excerpts] (1928) / Nicolas Slonimsky -- [demonstrations of the Grandmother Chord]
Genres:  20th Century Classical; New Music
Subject:  Slonimsky, Nicolas, 1894-1995; Ives, Charles, 1874-1954; Coltrane, John, 1926-1967; Cowell, Henry, 1897-1965; Varèse, Edgard, 1883-1965; Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968; 20th century classical; New music; Piano music; Composers; Music -- Bio-bibliography ; Polytonality; Atonality; Music and children; Musical intervals and scales; Microtones; Conductors (Music)
People:  Slonimsky, Nicolas, 1894-1995
Recording Date:  8/18/1971
First Broadcast Date:  10/16/1971
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Genres:  20th Century Classical; New Music
Subject:  Slonimsky, Nicolas, 1894-1995; Wagner, Richard, 1813-1883; Chopin, Frédéric, 1810-1849; Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971; Cage, John; Paik, Nam June, 1932-2006; Moorman, Charlotte; Young, La Monte; Coltrane, John, 1926-1967; Daniels, Mabel W. (Mabel Wheeler), 1878-1971; Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich, 1840-1893; Bernstein, Leonard, 1918-1990; 20th century classical; New music; Piano music; Composers; Conductors (Music); Music -- Bio-bibliography; Music -- History and criticism; Music critics; Avant-garde (Music) ; Graphic notation (Music); Performance art; Electronic music; Musical intervals and scales; Microtones; Woman composers
People:  Slonimsky, Nicolas, 1894-1995
Recording Date:  8/18/1971
First Broadcast Date:  10/16/1971
 
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