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Evening Concert:
Nicolas Slonimsky

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 115 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

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Charles Amirkhanian provides a brief background sketch of the life and music of Nikolai Miaskovsky (1881-1950), who composed during both Tsarist and Stalinist Russia. A recording of the composer's “Cello Sonata No. 2 in A minor”, Op. 81 is heard. This is followed by what may be some of the most hilarious, but informative, moments in musicology ever broadcast. After Amirkhanian reads the section in the recently published “Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians” (6th Edition) written by Nicolas Slonimsky on himself (a very funny exercise in hyper-humility), the microphone is turned over to Slonimsky at his home in Los Angeles, and what follows provides an indication of the extent of his wit and genius. Amirkhanian then reads selected passages from the Dictionary and the program concludes with music, first a selection from Sergei Slonimsky's “Icaros” (1971), a ballet with chorus (Sergei is the nephew of Nicolas) and then a group of Preludes by Scriabin played by Vladimir Sofronitsky.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 81 (1948-49) / Nikolai Miaskovsky -- Prelude No. 1 in C Major Op. 13 (1895) / Aleksandr Nikolayevich Scriabin
Performers:  Daphne Spottiswoode, piano (Sonata No. 2)
Yehuda Hanani, cello (Sonata No. 2)
Vladimir Sofronitsky, piano (Prelude No. 1)
Genres:  20th Century Classical; Classical Music
Subject:  Miaskovsky, Nikolai, 1881-1950 ; Slonimsky, Nicolas, 1894-1995; Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900; Scholes, Percy Alfred, 1877-1958; Leginska, Ethel; Blitzstein, Marc; 20th century classical; 19th century classical; Sonatas (Cello and piano); Music -- History and criticism; Music -- Bio-bibliography ; Composers; Conductors (Music); Piano music; Baker’s biographical dictionary of musicians
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Miaskovsky, Nikolai, 1881-1950 ; Hanani, Yehuda; Spottiswoode, Daphne; Slonimsky, Nicolas, 1894-1995; Sofronitsky, Vladimir Vladimirovich, 1901-1961; Scriabin, Aleksandr Nikolayevich, 1872-1915
First Broadcast Date:  1/15/1979
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Icaros: a ballet with orchestra and chorus [excerpt, libretto by Yury Slonimsky] (1971) / Sergei Slonimsky -- Preludes Ops. 11, 22, 16, & 11 / Aleksandr Nikolayevich Scriabin
Performers:  Bolshoi Theatre Chorus and Orchestra (Icaros)
Eri Klas, conductor (Icaros)
L. Zax, violin (Icaros)
Y. Loyevsky, violoncello (Icaros)
A. Golyshev, flute (Icaros)
V. Prokopov, trumpet (Icaros)
Vladimir Sofronitsky, piano (Preludes)
Genres:  20th Century Classical; Classical Music
Subject:  Slonimsky, Nicolas, 1894-1995; Gesensway, Louis, 1906-1976; Presley, Elvis, 1935-1977; Sandberg, Mordecai, 1897-1973; Sanderson, Sibyl, 1865-1903; Tircuit, Heuwell; 20th century classical; 19th century classical; Music -- History and criticism; Music -- Bio-bibliography ; Composers; Orchestra music; Ballets; Icarus (Greek mythology); Piano music; Baker’s biographical dictionary of musicians
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Slonimsky, Nicolas, 1894-1995; Slonimsky, Sergei; Slonimsky, Y. (Yury), 1902- ; Klas, Eri, 1939- ; Sofronitsky, Vladimir Vladimirovich, 1901-1961; Scriabin, Aleksandr Nikolayevich, 1872-1915
First Broadcast Date:  1/15/1979
 
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