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A Concert by the S. F. Conservatory of New Music Ensemble (Dec. 5, 1969)

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 93 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA

Charles Amirkhanian introduces a concert by the San Francisco Conservatory New Music Ensemble, originally recorded on December 5, 1969, at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco. After an initial selection of 15th century Christmas carols the concert veers sharply towards the 20th century with a performance of Anton Webern’s brief, but wholly satisfying, “Three Small Pieces, Op. 11,” for piano and cello. This is followed by two distinctly avant-garde compositions, Christian Wolff’s “Electric Spring III,” scored for violin, horn, and electric guitar and bass, and Robert Moran’s suitably entitled, aleatoric work, “Elegant Journey with Stopping Points of Interest,” for two spatially placed instrumental ensembles. The second half of the concert begins with a further selection of Christmas carols, followed by the whimsical, yet rarely performed, “Poème Symphonique” by György Ligeti. This later work is scored for 100 metronomes, and the audience appears to be taken back by the considerable volume of the sound, and seems split as to whether the work is a joke or a serious exploration of rhythm. The concert than concludes with a version of Erik Satie’s puppet opera “Genevieve de Braban,” orchestrated by Ivan Tcherepnin & Howard Hersh.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Medieval Christmas Carols [from a 15th century collection edited by John Stevens in Musica Britannica] (11:00) -- Drei Kleine Stücke (”Three Small Pieces”), Op. 11, for piano and cello (1914) (2:43) / Anton Webern -- Electric Spring III, for violin, horn, electric bass, and electric guitar (1967) (4:12) / Christian Wolff -- Elegant Journey with Stopping Points of Interest, for two instrumental ensembles (1965-67) (10:00) / Robert Moran
Performers:  Sharon Hayes De Fremery, soprano (Medieval)
Diva Goodfriend-Koven, recorder (Medieval)
Matthew Owens, cello (Medieval ; Elegant)
Douglas Blumenstock, cello (Drei ; Elegant)
Joan Gallegos, piano ; prepared piano (Drei ; Elegant)
Catherine Coats, violin (Electric ; Elegant)
Richard Rondeau, French horn (Electric ; Elegant)
Spencer Burleson, electric guitar (Electric ; Elegant)
Peter Barshay, electric bass guitar ; string bass (Electric ; Elegant)
Robert Moran, conductor (Electric ; Elegant)
Lawrence Nobori, clarinet (Elegant)
Johannes Mager, trombone (Elegant)
Janice Negherbon, viola (Elegant)
Fred Sharpe, celesta (Elegant)
James Zimmerman, percussion (Elegant)
Barbara Bogatin, cello (Elegant)
Howard Hersh, percussion (Elegant)
Ron Daniels, conductor (Elegant)
Genres:  20th Century Classical; New Music
Subject:  15th century classical; 20th century classical; New music; Christmas music; Carols; Songs (High voice) with instrumental ensemble; Cello and piano music; Quartets (Horn, guitars (2), violin); Aleatory music; Instrumental ensembles; Spatial music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Webern, Anton, 1883-1945; Wolff, Christian, 1934-; Moran, Robert, 1937-; De Fremery, Sharon Hayes; Goodfriend-Koven, Diva ; Owens, Matthew (Violoncellist); Blumenstock, Douglas; Gallegos, Joan ; Rondeau, Richard; Coats, Catherine ; Burleson, Spencer; Barshay, Peter ; Nobori, Larry; Mager, Johannes, trombonist; Negherbon Janice; Zimmerman, Jim (Percussionist); Sharpe, Fred (Musician); Bogatin, Barbara ; Hersh, Howard; Daniels, Ron
Recording Date:  12/5/1969
First Broadcast Date:  2/21/1970
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Medieval Christmas Carols [from a 15th century collection edited by John Stevens in Musica Britannica] (9:42) -- Poème Symphonique, for 100 metronomes (1962) (12:55) / György Ligeti -- Genevieve de Brabant [libretto by J. P. Contamine de Latour] (1899-1900) (16:00) / Erik Satie [orch. by Ivan Tcherepnin & Howard Hersh]
Performers:  Sharon Hayes De Fremery, soprano (Medieval ; Genevieve)
Diva Goodfriend-Koven, recorder (Medieval)
Matthew Owens, cello (Medieval ; Elegant)
San Francisco Conservatory New Music Ensemble (Poème ; Genevieve)
Joan Gallegos, conductor (Poème)
Paul Brian, tenor (Genevieve)
John Del Carlo, narrator, chorus (Genevieve)
Belinda Nissen, chorus (Genevieve)
Ruth Richard, chorus (Genevieve)
William Frazee, chorus (Genevieve)
Charles Kennedy, chorus (Genevieve)
Jordan Stenberg, chorus director (Genevieve)
Howard Hersh, conductor (Genevieve)
Genres:  20th Century Classical; New Music
Subject:  Geneviève, of Brabant (Legendary character); 15th century classical; 20th century classical; New music; Christmas music; Carols; Songs (High voice) with instrumental ensemble; Aleatory music; Metronome ensembles; Operas; Puppets
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Ligeti, György, 1923-2006; Satie, Erik, 1866-1925; Contamine de Latour, J. P.; Tcherepnin, Ivan; Hersh, Howard; De Fremery, Sharon Hayes; Goodfriend-Koven, Diva ; Owens, Matthew (Violoncellist); Gallegos, Joan; Brian, Paul; Del Carlo, John; Nissen, Belinda; Richard, Ruth ; Frazee, William; Stenberg, Jordan
Recording Date:  12/5/1969
First Broadcast Date:  2/21/1970
 
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