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Cabrillo Music Festival:
1979 Composers' Round Table

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 89 min
Event Type: Lecture / Panel Discussion Program Origin: KPFA

From the 1979 Cabrillo Music Festival held in Aptos CA., Charles Amirkhanian moderates a discussion with composers, Virgil Thomson, Lou Harrison, Eric Stokes, Laurie Spiegel, Garrett List & Laurie Anderson. This fascinating conversation with such a variety of composers representing several generations and multiple musical styles touches on such topics as the role of electronics and amplification in the role of contemporary music; why do modern composers write music that the audience does not want to hear; inter-media performance art; how composing has changed in recent decades; simplicity vs. complexity in music; and how composers make enough money to compose. As this discussion clearly shows, the Cabrillo Music Festival has a deserved reputation for attracting some of the biggest names in contemporary classical and avant-garde music, providing a relaxed atmosphere in which such elder statesman such as Virgil Thomson and Lou Harrison can trade ideas and insights with some of the scenes up and coming stars such as Laurie Anderson and Garrett List.

Part 1 of 2:  
Genres:  New Music; 20th Century Classical
Subject:  New music; 20th century classical; Electronic music; Music trade; Sound -- Recording and reproducing; Composition (Music); Performance art; Mixed media (Music); Composers; Music patronage; Government aid to music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Thomson, Virgil, 1896-1989; Harrison, Lou, 1917-2003; Stokes, Eric, 1930-; Spiegel, Laurie, 1945-; List, Garrett; Anderson, Laurie, 1947-
Recording Date:  8/23/1979
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Genres:  New Music; 20th Century Classical
Subject:  New music; 20th century classical; Electronic music; Music trade; Sound -- Recording and reproducing; Composition (Music); Performance art; Mixed media (Music); Composers; Music patronage; Government aid to music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Thomson, Virgil, 1896-1989; Harrison, Lou, 1917-2003; Stokes, Eric, 1930-; Spiegel, Laurie, 1945-; List, Garrett; Anderson, Laurie, 1947-
Recording Date:  8/23/1979
 
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