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The Music of Charlemagne Palestine, 1975

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 122 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

Ingram Marshall presents a program on the life and work of composer and visual artist, Charlemagne Palestine. Palestine began his musical career as a carillonneur at St. Thomas's Church in New York City, and later studied electronic music with Morton Subotnick at New York University. In 1970 this quintessential New Yorker traveled west to study at Cal Arts where he became interested in using electronics to produce a subtle style of drone music. On his return to New York in 1973, Palestine became involved in the downtown scene and became well known for his very long recitals performed on the Bösendorfer grand piano, utilizing a unique strumming style that produced a variety of extended harmonics. In this program Marshall plays selections of Palestine’s electronic music interspersed with an interview he had with the composer in the Fall of 1974, as well as a sample of his work with the bells of St. Thomas, recorded just after Christmas in 1974.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  [carillon music played on the bells of St. Thomas’s Church in New York City] (14:22) -- Sliding fifths for piano (1972) (14:54)
Performers:  Charlemagne Palestine, Bösendorfer piano
Genres:  Minimalism; Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  Palestine, Charlemagne; Minimal music; Electronic music; Drone music; Carillon music; Piano music
People:  Marshall, Ingram, 1942-; Palestine, Charlemagne
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Three perfect fifths a major second apart reinforced twice (1973) (24:00) -- [live piano performance] (2:10) -- One+two+three perfect fifths in the rhythm 3 against 2 for piano [excerpt] (1973) (3:40)
Performers:  Charlemagne Palestine, Bösendorfer piano
Genres:  Minimalism; Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  Palestine, Charlemagne; Minimal music; Electronic music; Drone music; Piano music
People:  Marshall, Ingram, 1942-; Palestine, Charlemagne
 
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