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Concerts by Composers:
No. 12: Works by Philip Corner, Petr Kotík, & Tom Johnson

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 58 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA

In the late 1970s and early 1980s the Experimental Intermedia Foundation held a series of exciting concerts of avant-garde and electro-acoustic music at Phill Niblock’s loft in the SoHo district of New York City. These concerts were then packaged into a series of hour-long radio programs entitled “Concerts by Composers” and distributed to interested radio stations around the United States. This twelfth program in the series features music by Philip Corner and Petr Kotík, with additional commentary by music critic Tom Johnson. The program begins with Philip Corner discussing his interest in gamelan music before we listen to his work “Gamelan Vox”, which while not scored for gamelan proper, does take its sense of time and pitch from the music of Indonesia. This performance of Corner’s work was recorded in December 1980 during a concert at the Experimental Intermedia Foundation. This is followed by an excerpt from another Foundation concert in which two aleatoric compositions by Czech composer Petr Kotík are performed simultaneously by the S.E.M. Ensemble. The program then concludes with composer and music critic for the Village Voice, Tom Johnson, discussing minimal music and its relationship to such things as Eastern Philosophy and the influence of John Cage on new music, while also performing Philip Corner’s dramatically minimalistic piece “Elementals” on the psaltery. The production and distribution of this program was originally funded by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, & the Beards Fund.

Musical Selections:  Gamelan Vox (ca. 1975-81) (19:05) / Philip Corner -- Many Many Women [text by Gertrude Stein] (1973-74) & Drums [excerpt of both pieces performed simultaneously] (13:40) / Petr Kotík -- Elementals [excerpt, talked over] (1976) / Philip Corner
Performers:  S.E.M. Ensemble (Women; Drums)
Tom Johnson, psaltery (Elementals)
Genres:  New Music; Minimalism
Subject:  New music ; Minimal music; Bell music; Vocalises; Aleatory music; Vocal duet with trumpets (2); Percussion ensembles; Music critics; Psaltery music
People:  Niblock, Phill, 1933-; Corner, Philip; Kotík, Petr; Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946; Johnson, Tom, 1939-
 
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