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Music of Leo Ornstein

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 42 min
Event Type: Music  

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In this program, recorded on December 10, 1972 at the Berkley Piano Club in Berkeley California, pianist Michael Sellers performs a number of works by Leo Ornstein. In addition to playing the complete “Poems of 1917”, Sellers also performs three selections from Ornstein’s nine part “Arabesques”. The selections heard are “No. 3, Chant of Hindoo Priests”; “No. 1, The Isle of Elephants”; and “No. 5, A Melancholy Landscape”. Also heard is Ornstein’s “Berceuse” and Debussy’s “Reflets dans l’Eau”, recorded on Ampico rolls by Ornstein himself on November 14, 1971 and played back for this concert on an Ampico grand piano, owned by Sally and Dale Lawrence of Kensington, California.

Musical Selections:  Poem No. 2 [from “Poems of 1917”] (1918) / Leo Ornstein -- Poems of 1917, Op. 41 [complete] (1918) / Leo Ornstein -- Berceuse / Leo Ornstein -- Reflets dans l’Eau [from “Images, Book I”) (1901-05) / Claude Debussy -- Arabesques, Nos. 3, 1, & 5 (ca. 1920) / Leo Ornstein -- Poem No. 8 [from “Poems of 1917”] (1918) / Leo Ornstein
Performers:  Michael Sellers, piano (Poems ; Arabesques)
Leo Ornstein, piano (Berceuse ; Reflets dans l’Eau)
Genre:  20th Century Classical
Subject:  20th century classical; Piano music; Player piano music
People:  Ornstein, Leo, 1892-2002 ; Debussy, Claude, 1862-1918; Sellers, Michael
Recording Date:  12/10/1972
First Broadcast Date:  12/11/1972
 
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