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Morning Concert:
A Live Piano Concert by Martha Anne Verbit

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 138 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

Pianist Martha Anne Verbit performs live in the KPFA studio on the station’s Bösendorfer grand piano, and talks with Charles Amirkhanian about her excursions into the sensuous, mystical, and arcane reaches of early 20th century piano music, as well as giving biographical information about each of the composers featured in this concert. Verbit has recorded an album of music by Cyril Scott for Genesis Records, and is an expert performer of Scriabin’s music. She has given solo recitals at Lincoln Center, the Phillips Gallery in Washington DC, and London’s Wigmore Hall. In this live concert, recorded on July 7, 1975, she performs works by Karol Szymanowski, Leo Ornstein, Cyril Scott, William Baines, and Alexander Scriabin. Joining Verbit and Amirkhanian is John Diercks, Chairman of the Music Department at Hollins College in Virginia, a former teacher of Verbit, and for this concert only, a page turner of the highest quality.

Part 1 of 3:  
Musical Selections:  Twenty Mazurkas: Nos. 1 & 2, Op. 50 (1924-26) (4:26) / Karol Szymanowski -- Maski (”Masks”): No. 5 Serenada Don Juana (”Don Juan's Serenade”), Op. 34 (1915-16) (6:06) / Karol Szymanowski -- Piano Sonata No. 4 (ca. 1924) (21:07) / Leo Ornstein -- Impressions from the Jungle Book: No. 5 “Dance of the Elephants” (1911-12) (2:18) / Cyril Scott
Performers:  Martha Anne Verbit, piano
Genre:  20th Century Classical
Subject:  20th century classical; Piano music; Mazurkas; Sonatas (Piano)
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Szymanowski, Karol, 1882-1937; Ornstein, Leo, 1892-2002 ; Scott, Cyril, 1879-1970; Verbit, Martha Anne; Diercks, John
Recording Date:  7/7/1975
First Broadcast Date:  7/7/1975
 
Part 2 of 3:  
Musical Selections:  Piano Sonata No. 1, Op. 66 (1910) (29:32) / Cyril Scott -- Four Poems: Poem Fragment ; Elves ; Poem Nocturne ; Apassionata (1919-20) (12:23) / William Baines
Performers:  Martha Anne Verbit, piano
Genre:  20th Century Classical
Subject:  20th century classical; Sonatas (Piano); Piano music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Scott, Cyril, 1879-1970; Baines, William, 1899-1922; Verbit, Martha Anne; Diercks, John
Recording Date:  7/7/1975
First Broadcast Date:  7/7/1975
 
Part 3 of 3:  
Musical Selections:  Piano Sonata No. 5, Op. 53 (1907) (11:48) / Alexander Scriabin
Performers:  Martha Anne Verbit, piano
Genre:  20th Century Classical
Subject:  20th century classical; Sonatas (Piano)
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Scriabin, Aleksandr Nikolayevich, 1872-1915; Verbit, Martha Anne; Diercks, John
Recording Date:  7/7/1975
First Broadcast Date:  7/7/1975
 
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