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Morning Concert:
50th Anniversary of the Concert Societe Musicale Independante

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 125 min
Event Type: Music and Interview Program Origin: KPFA

On May 5, 1926 six young American composers who had been working in Paris presented their chamber music to an audience of musicians, intelligentsia, and socialites in the famed Salle Pleyel (or perhaps the nearby Salle Chopin). The concert, arranged by Nadia Boulanger and sponsored by the Societe Musicale Independente, a group which included the most celebrated European composers of the time, gave the French one of their first chances to hear what Americans were capable of musically. The program consisted of the Virgil Thomson's "Sonata da chiesa"; Herbert Elwell's "Nine Piano Pieces"; Aaron Copland's "As It Fell Upon a Day" and two jazz violin pieces, "Nocturne" and "Ukelele Serenade"; Walter Piston's "Piano Sonata"; Theodore Chanler's "Sonata for Violin and Piano"; and George Antheil's "First String Quartet". That program is reproduced here, with Chanler's song cycle "Epitaphs" instead of the sonata, Elwell's "Piano Sonata" instead of the “Nine Piano Pieces”, and Piston's "Concerto for Orchestra" instead of the lost "Piano Sonata". Also heard is an interview with Virgil Thomson in which he reminisces about that memorable evening.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  As it fell upon a day [text by Richard Barnefield] (1923) / Aaron Copland -- String Quartet No. 1 [first part] (1924-25) / George Antheil
Performers:  Anna Carol Dudley, soprano (As it fell)
Janet Mestra, flute (As it fell)
Tom Rose, clarinet (As it fell)
Amsterdam String Quartet (String Quartet)
Genres:  Chamber Music; Art Songs
Subject:  Boulanger, Nadia; Chamber music; Composers; Art songs; Songs (High voice) with flute and clarinet; String quartets
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Erickson, Ronald; Thomson, Virgil, 1896-1989; Copland, Aaron, 1900-1990; Barnfield, Richard, 1574-1627; Dudley, Anna Carol; Mestra, Janet; Rose, Tom (Clarinetist); Antheil, George, 1900-1959
Recording Date:  5/5/1976
First Broadcast Date:  5/5/1976
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  String Quartet No. 1 [conclusion] (1924-25) / George Antheil -- Nine Epitaphs [excerpts] [text by Walter de la Mare) (1939) / Theodore Chanler -- Piano Sonata (1926) / Herbert Elwell -- Concerto for Orchestra (1933) / Walter Piston -- Nocturne (1926) / Aaron Copland -- Ukelele Serenade (1926) / Aaron Copland -- Sonata da Chiesa (1926) / Virgil Thomson
Performers:  Amsterdam String Quartet (String Quartet)
Phyllis Curtain, soprano (Epitaphs)
F. Ryan Edwards, piano (Epitaphs)
Aileen James, piano (Piano Sonata)
Polish National Radio Orchestra (Concerto)
William Stickland, conductor (Concerto)
Jacques Gordon, violin (Nocturne ; Ukelele)
Aaron Copland, piano (Nocturne ; Ukelele)
Lillian Fuchs, viola (Sonata da Chiesa)
Peter Simenauer, clarinet (Sonata da Chiesa)
Fred Mills, trumpet (Sonata da Chiesa)
Paul Ingraham, French horn (Sonata da Chiesa)
Edward Erwin,trombone (Sonata da Chiesa)
Virgil Thomson, conductor (Sonata da Chiesa)
Genres:  Chamber Music; Art Songs
Subject:  Boulanger, Nadia; Chamber music; Composers; Art songs; Song cycles; Songs (High voice) with piano; Sonatas (Piano); Orchestral music; Violin and piano music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Antheil, George, 1900-1959; Chanler, Theodore, 1902-1961; Curtain, Phyllis; Edwards, Ryan; De la Mare, Walter, 1873-1956; Elwell, Herbert, 1898-1974; James, Aileen; Piston, Walter, 1894-1976; Strickland, William; Copland, Aaron, 1900-1990; Gordon, Jacques, 1899-1948; Thomson, Virgil, 1896-1989; Fuchs, Lillian, 1902-1995; Simenauer, Peter; Mills, Fred, 1935-; Ingraham, Paul; Erwin, Edward
Recording Date:  5/5/1976
First Broadcast Date:  5/5/1976
 
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