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The Chamber Music of Richard Maxfield

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 24 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA

A selection of early, mostly chamber music works by the American composer, Richard Maxfield. Although perhaps known best for his pioneering work in the realm of electronic music, Maxfield was first an award winning composer of 20th century classical music, who studied with Roger Sessions and Milton Babbitt. The first work heard in this program is the finale of his “Piano Sonata No. 2” which was dedicated to Roger Sessions. Also included are an excerpt of his 1951 “Symphony” for string orchestra, a string quartet, and “Composition” for violin and piano, as well as “Structures” which is scored for ten wind instruments. Maxfield, who studied at U. C. Berkeley, performed concerts widely, and taught at the New School in New York City and then at the San Francisco State University in the late 1960s, tragically committed suicide in 1969 by throwing himself out a Los Angeles hotel window.

Musical Selections:  Piano Sonata No. 2 [Finale] (ca. 1947-50) (2:30) -- Symphony, for string orchestra [1st movement] (1951) (3:00) -- Variations, for string quartet (1956) (4:00) -- Structures, for 10 wind instruments (1954) (5:30) -- Composition, for violin and piano (1955) (7:30)
Genres:  20th Century Classical; Chamber Music
Subject:  20th century classical; Chamber music; Sonatas (Piano); Symphonies (String orchestra); Variations (String quartet); Wind ensembles; Violin and piano music
People:  Maxfield, Richard, 1927-1969
 
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