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New Music from Cal Arts:
James Tenney: Composer and Performer

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 89 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA

Ingram Marshall introduces performances and compositions by James Tenney, American composer, pianist and conductor. Tenney, who died in 2006, was the cofounder and director of the New York City based, Tone Roads Ensemble, and was an important member of the avant-garde scene in the 1960s and 70s. Between 1961 and 1964 he was the resident composer at Bell Labs where he became one of the first to experiment with digital synthesis and computer music. Later in his career he focused on composing for acoustic instruments and taught musical composition at CalArts where he influenced a new generation of composers. According to music critic Kyle Gann, when John Cage was asked in 1989 whom he would wish to study with if he were a young man today his answer was “James Tenney”.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Sonata No. 2 for Piano “Concord Sonata” (1916-19, rev. 1920s-40s) / Charles Ives
Performers:  James Tenney, piano
Genre:  New Music
Subject:  New music; Sonatas (Piano)
People:  Marshall, Ingram, 1942-; Ives, Charles, 1874-1954; Tenney, James
First Broadcast Date:  10/16/1974
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Quintext for String Quartet and Bass (1972) / James Tenney
Performers:  Yoko Matsuda, violin
Shem Guibbory, violin
James Dunham, viola
Joel Krosnick, cello
Ed Meares, double bass
Genre:  20th Century Classical
Subject:  20th century classical; String quintets (Violins (2), viola, cello, double bass)
People:  Marshall, Ingram, 1942-; Tenney, James; Matsuda, Yoko; Guibbory, Shem; Dunham, James; Krosnick, Joel; Meares, Edward
First Broadcast Date:  10/16/1974
 
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