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Morning Concert:
The Music of Robert Hughes and the Poetry of Ezra Pound

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 176 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer, bassoonist, and conductor, Robert Hughes, one of the liveliest figures in San Francisco Bay Area music, and for many years conductor of the nationally prominent Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra. Hughes plays a selection of his works, largely in chronological order. The final four pieces in this program feature acoustic sounds juxtaposed against quadraphonic tapes realized primarily on Moog equipment at Mills College. Hughes is also one of the leading authorities on Ezra Pound. In 1958 he visited Pound at a mental institution in Washington D. C. Hughes reminisces about Pound, and we hear the poet reading from his works. (from KPFA Folio)

Part 1 of 3:  
Musical Selections:  [excerpt from “Cadences” mixed with a poem by Ezra Pound] -- Kama Sutra: Dance of Display ; Love Scene / Robert Hughes -- Upon Julia’s Clothes [text by Robert Herrick] / Robert Hughes -- Seeing You Have a Woman [text by W. D. Snodgrass] / Robert Hughes -- That’s Me [film score] / Robert Hughes -- Auras: Part II / Robert Hughes
Performers:  members of the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra (Kama)
Gerhard Samuel, conductor (Kama)
Ellie Cohen, soprano (Upon ; Seeing)
Machiko Kobialka, piano (Upon ; Seeing)
Donald O’Brien, clarinets (Auras)
Ken Harrison, viola (Auras)
Sally Kell, cello, baryton (Auras)
Robert Hughes, bassoon, contrabassoon (Auras)
Genres:  20th Century Classical; Art Songs
Subject:  Hughes, Robert, 1933-; Harrison, Lou, 1917-2003; 20th century classical; Composition (Music); Art songs; Ballets; Songs (High voice) with piano; Motion picture music; Instrumental ensembles; Quartets (Clarinet, bassoon, viola, cello)
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Hughes, Robert, 1933-; Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972; Samuel, Gerhard; Herrick, Robert, 1591-1674; Snodgrass, W. D. (William De Witt), 1926-; Cohen, Ellie (Soprano); Kobialka, Machiko ; O’Brien, Donald; Harrison, Kenneth (Musician) ; Kell, Sally
Recording Date:  11/04/1977
First Broadcast Date:  11/04/1977
 
Part 2 of 3:  
Musical Selections:  Cones, for tape and chamber orchestra / Robert Hughes -- Canto IV [a poem] / Ezra Pound -- Canto XVI [a poem] / Ezra Pound
Performers:  Cabrillo Festival Orchestra (Cones)
Dennis Russell Davies (Cones)
Ezra Pound, reader (Cantos)
Genres:  Electro-Acoustic / Electronic; Poetry
Subject:  Hughes, Robert, 1933-; Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972; 20th century classical; Composition (Music); Electro-acoustic; Electronic music; Chamber orchestra music; Poetry
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Hughes, Robert, 1933-; Davies, Dennis Russell; Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972; Butler, Michael
Recording Date:  11/04/1977
First Broadcast Date:  11/04/1977
 
Part 3 of 3:  
Musical Selections:  Hid Hid [a poem] / Confucius [translated by Ezra Pound] -- O Omen Tree [a poem] / Confucius [translated by Ezra Pound] -- Amo Ergo Sum [based on “The Cantos” by Ezra Pound] / Robert Hughes -- Cadences, for orchestra, 2 conductors, multisolists, and tape / Robert Hughes
Performers:  Ezra Pound, reader (Hid ; Omen)
California State University at Hayward Chorus (Amo)
Harry Carter, director (Amo)
Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra (Cadences)
Denis de Coteau, conductor (Cadences)
Robert Hughes, conductor (Cadences)
Genres:  Electro-Acoustic / Electronic; Poetry
Subject:  Hughes, Robert, 1933-; Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972; 20th century classical; Poetry; Chinese poetry -- Translations into English; Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices) with instrumental ensemble; Electronic music; Electro-acoustic; Orchestral music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Hughes, Robert, 1933-; Confucius; Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972; Carter, Harry; De Coteau, Denis
Recording Date:  11/04/1977
First Broadcast Date:  11/04/1977
 
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