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Morning Concert:
Composer Karel Husa

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 140 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

Born in Prague in 1921, composer Karel Husa won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1969, for his third String Quartet. On February 7, 1975 he was in Berkeley to attend a conference of college band directors and stopped by the KPFA studio to talk with KPFA Music Director Charles Amirkhanian and Charles Shere, music critic with the Oakland Tribune. The three of them discuss the phenomena of university bands and how they are a breeding ground for young and enthusiastic wind players, who should ideally have an outlet for their talent once finishing their education. The idea that a composer needs to dumb down their works in order to be played by a school band is thoroughly disputed by Husa. Husa, who was a professor of music at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, also discusses his early life in Prague, his musical influences, including Schoenberg, Webern, and Berg, as well as his forays into abstract painting. Husa also describes the twelve tone, serial compositional technique and how he has adapted it to fit his own style, as is evident in his prize winning quartet, which is heard in its entirety as well as several other of his compositions.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Apotheosis of this Earth: Apotheosis ; Tragedy of Destruction ; Postscript (1971) (26:00)
Performers:  University of Michigan Symphony Band (Apotheosis)
Karel Husa, conductor (Apotheosis)
Genre:  20th Century Classical
Subject:  Husa, Karel, 1921-; 20th century classical; Band music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Husa, Karel, 1921-; Shere, Charles, 1935-
Recording Date:  2/7/1975
First Broadcast Date:  2/7/1975
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Symphony No. 1 (1953) (26:30) -- String Quartet No. 3 (1968) (21:10) -- Serenade, for woodwind quintet with strings, harp, and xylophone [3rd movement] (1963) (4:40) -- Music for Prague 1968 (1968) (23:30)
Performers:  Prague Symphony Orchestra (Symphony ; Serenade)
Karel Husa, conductor (Symphony ; Serenade)
Fine Arts Quartet: (Quartet)
Leonard Sorkin, violin (Quartet)
Abram Loft, violin (Quartet)
Bernard Zaslav, viola (Quartet)
George Sopkin, cello (Quartet)
Foerster Woodwind Quintet (Serenade)
Louisville Orchestra (Prague)
Jorge Mester, conductor (Prague)
Genre:  20th Century Classical
Subject:  Husa, Karel, 1921-; 20th century classical; Symphonies; String quartets; Suites (Bassoon, clarinet, flute, horn, oboe with string orchestra); Suites (Orchestra)
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Husa, Karel, 1921-; Sorkin, Leonard; Loft, Abram, 1922-; Zaslav, Bernard; Sopkin, George; Mester, Jorge
Recording Date:  2/7/1975
First Broadcast Date:  2/7/1975
 
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