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Terry Riley Day: Interview

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 107 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

On June 24, 1985, as part of a fundraising marathon, KPFA celebrated Terry Riley’s 50th birthday by dedicating an entire day to his music. Part of those celebrations included this in-studio interview with the composer, in which he discusses his life and work with Charles Amirkhanian, Russ Jennings, and others. Topics covered include just intonation, repetitive or minimal music, and the influence of Indian vocalist Pandit Pran Nath on Riley’s music. Listeners called in with heart felt congratulations and questions, as fellow composers Henry Kaiser and John Adams stopped by to pay tribute to one of America’s, and Northern California’s, most influential composers. A few musical excerpts of Riley’s work are also heard, including a clip from the premiere performance of his seminal work “In C” which is often credited as the first composition written in the minimal or repetitive style that was later adopted by Philip Glass, Steve Reich, and others.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  A Rainbow in Curved Air [excerpt] (1968) (7:09) / Terry Riley
Genres:  20th Century Classical; New Music
Subject:  Riley, Terry, 1935-; 20th century classical; New music; Electronic music; Musical intervals and scales; Just intonation
People:  Jennings, Russ; Amirkhanian, Charles; Riley, Terry, 1935-; Kaiser, Henry
Recording Date:  6/24/1985
First Broadcast Date:  6/24/1985
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  [excerpt from the album “Songs for the Ten Voices of the Two Prophets”] (1:51) / Terry Riley -- In C [excerpt] (1964) (3:35) / Terry Riley
Performers:  Terry Riley, voice and electronics (Songs)
Genres:  20th Century Classical; New Music
Subject:  Riley, Terry, 1935-; 20th century classical; New music; Songs (Medium voice) with electronics
People:  Jennings, Russ; Amirkhanian, Charles; Riley, Terry, 1935-; Adams, John, 1947-
Recording Date:  6/24/1985
First Broadcast Date:  6/24/1985
 
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