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Electric Richard Maxfield

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 126 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

On June 27, 1969, Richard Maxfield, 42, jumped out of a window of the Figueroa Hotel in Los Angeles, ending his tragically short life during which he became known as one of the earliest and foremost electronic music composers. Maxfield studied at U. C. Berkeley, performed concerts widely, and taught at the New School in New York City and then at the San Francisco State University in the late 1960s. In this program, Charles Amirkhanian plays a selection from Maxfield’s vast output, including “Night Music” and “Amazing Grace”. Also included in this program are excerpts from an interview with Maxfield recorded on November 11, 1960 in which he describes the composition techniques he used to create his electronic music. In addition this program contains the world premiere of “Jump”, a text-sound composition by Amirkhanian that is dedicated to Maxfield.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Pastoral Symphony (1959) (4:04) / Richard Maxfield -- Amazing Grace (1960) (3:14) / Richard Maxfield -- Piano Concert for David Tudor (1961) (12:19) / Richard Maxfield
Performers:  David Tudor, piano (Piano Concert)
Genre:  Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  Maxfield, Richard, 1927-1969; Electronic music; Music, concrete; Musique concrète; Composition (Music); Aleatory music; Indeterminacy (Music)
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Maxfield, Richard, 1927-1969; Byrd, Joseph; Glasow, Glenn, 1924-2002; Tudor, David, 1926-1996
Recording Date:  06/27/1974
First Broadcast Date:  06/27/1974
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Fermentation (1960) (8:56) / Richard Maxfield -- Cough Music (1959) (5:54) / Richard Maxfield -- Jump: For Richard Maxfield (1973) (10:58) / Charles Amirkhanian -- Night Music (1960) (9:03) / Richard Maxfield -- Perspectives II: For La Monte Young (1961) (9:22) / Richard Maxfield -- Variations for String Quartet (1956) (4:19) / Richard Maxfield
Performers:  La Monte Young, violin (Perspectives)
Genre:  Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  Maxfield, Richard, 1927-1969; Electronic music; Music, concrete; Musique concrète; Composition (Music); Aleatory music; Indeterminacy (Music); Sound poetry; Text-sound compositions; Electronic and violin music; Variations (String quartet)
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Maxfield, Richard, 1927-1969; Glasow, Glenn, 1924-2002; Young, La Monte
Recording Date:  06/27/1969
First Broadcast Date:  06/27/1969
 
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