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Morning Concert:
The Musical Expression of the Gay Experience

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 119 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA

In commemoration of the Stonewall Riots of June 28-29, 1969 and in honor of the then newly celebrated Gay Pride Week, KPFA’s Wood Massi presents music, writings, and interviews about the gay experience. The program primarily focuses on 20th century art songs, much of them the work of gay composers and poets, and includes compositions by Henry Cowell, Lou Harrison, Gertrude Stein, Ned Rorem, and others. In part a look back and in part a look forward, this program serves as an excellent reminder of the contribution that homosexuals have made in the world of music, as well as the many trials and tribulations this traditionally marginalized minority has experienced, while still offering a gleam of hope for a more inclusive tomorrow.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Piano Concerto No. 1 in B Flat Minor, Op. 23 [excerpt] (1874-75) / Peter I. Tchaikovsky -- Der Schmetterling (”The Butterfly”) [text by Friedrich von Schlegel] (ca. 1819) / Franz Schubert -- Kabï znala ya (“If only I had known”) [text by A.K. Tolstoy] (1880-81) / Peter I. Tchaikovsky -- The Dawn [text by Oscar Wilde] / Charles Griffes -- The Lament of Ian the Proud [text by Fiona Macleod] (1918) / Charles Griffes -- The Dark Eyes to Mine [text by Fiona Macleod] (1918) / Charles Griffes -- The Rose of the Night [text by Fiona Macleod] (1918) / Charles Griffes -- Toccanta (1940) / Henry Cowell -- Death in Venice [excerpt] / Benjamin Britten
Performers:  Peter Pears, tenor (Death in Venice)
Genres:  Art Songs; 20th Century Classical
Subject:  Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich, 1840-1893; Cowell, Henry, 1897-1965; 19th century classical; 20th century classical; Art songs; Gay composers; Homosexuality; Homosexuality and music; Songs (High voice) with chamber orchestra; Songs (High voice) with flute, cello, and piano; Operas -- Excerpts
People:  Massi, Wood; Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich, 1840-1893; Schubert, Franz, 1797-1828; Schlegel, Friedrich von, 1772-1829; Tolstoy, Aleksey Konstantinovich, graf, 1817-1875; Griffes, Charles Tomlinson, 1884-1920; Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900; Sharp, William, 1855-1905; Macleod, Fiona, 1855-190; Cowell, Henry, 1897-1965; Britten, Benjamin, 1913-1976; Pears, Peter, Sir
Recording Date:  6/29/1977
First Broadcast Date:  6/29/1977
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  As Adam Early in the Morning [text by Walt Whitman] (1957) / Ned Rorem -- O you to whom I often and silently come [text by Walt Whitman] (1957) / Ned Rorem -- To You [text by Walt Whitman] (1957) / Ned Rorem -- [unidentified song] [text by Howard Moss] / Ned Rorem -- Love’s Stricken “why” [text by Emily Dickinson] / Ned Rorem -- The Apparition [text by Theodore Roethke] / Ned Rorem -- The Apparition [text by Theodore Roethke] [alternate version] / Ned Rorem -- Love’s Stricken “why” [text by Emily Dickinson] [alternate version] / Ned Rorem -- [unidentified song] [text by Howard Moss] [alternate version] / Ned Rorem -- Capital Capitals [text by Gertrude Stein] / Virgil Thomson -- Young Caesar [excerpt] (1971) / Lou Harrison -- Prayer to Aphrodite / Kay Gardner -- Elysium is as far as to [text by Emily Dickinson] / Barry Taxman -- Where ships of purple gently toss [text by Emily Dickinson] / Barry Taxman -- Wild nights! Wild nights! [text by Emily Dickinson] / Barry Taxman -- As Adam Early in the Morning [text by Walt Whitman] / Wood Massi
Performers:  Judith Nelson, vocals (all songs by Taxman)
Genres:  Art Songs; 20th Century Classical
Subject:  20th century classical; Art songs; Gay composers; Homosexuality; Homosexuality and music; Songs (Low voice) with piano; Songs (High voice) with piano; Operas -- Excerpts
People:  Massi, Wood; Rorem, Ned, 1923-; Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892; Moss, Howard, 1922-1987; Dickinson, Emily, 1830-1886; Roethke, Theodore, 1908-1963; Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946; Thomson, Virgil, 1896-1989; Harrison, Lou, 1917-2003; Gardner, K. (Kay); Taxman, Barry; Nelson, Judith
Recording Date:  6/29/1977
First Broadcast Date:  6/29/1977
 
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