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Morning Concert:
Ivan Wyschnegradsky: A Memorial Tribute

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 130 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

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On September 29, 1979, Ivan Wyschnegradsky died in Paris at the age of 86. Only in the last two years of his life did he become widely recognized in Europe for his contributions to the repertoire. Since the early 1920s he had composed in various microtonal systems in an attempt to expand the possibilities of musical expression. Presented in this program is the first American broadcast of Wyschnegradsky’s early (1916-17) mystical work “La Journee de l’Existence”. The performance, commissioned and recorded by Radio France, is stirring and extremely beautiful. In addition Charles Amirkhanian presents the first radio broadcast of his last interview with Wyschnegradsky, recorded at the composer’s Paris studio on June 4, 1976. (from KPFA Folio)

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  [unidentified quarter-tone piano music] -- 2 études de concert, Op. 19 (1931) -- La Journée de l’Existence (”The Day of Existence”) [part 1] (1916-17, rev. 1927, 1939)
Performers:  Bruce Mather, piano (2 études)
Pierrette LePage, piano (2 études)
Nouvel Orchestre Philharmonique (La Journee)
Alexandre Myrat, conductor (La Journee)
Mario Haniotis, narrator (La Journee)
Genres:  Microtonal Music; Orchestral Music
Subject:  Wyschnegradsky, Ivan, 1893-1979; Microtonal music; Quarter-tone piano; Unconventional instruments; Piano music (Pianos (2); Piano music; Monologues with music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Wyschnegradsky, Ivan, 1893-1979; Mather, Bruce; LePage, Pierrette, 1939-; Myrat, Alexandre; Haniotis, Mario
Recording Date:  12/14/1979
First Broadcast Date:  12/14/1979
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  La Journée de l’Existence (”The Day of Existence”) [part 2] (1916-17, rev. 1927, 1939)
Performers:  Nouvel Orchestre Philharmonique (La Journee)
Alexandre Myrat, conductor (La Journee)
Mario Haniotis, narrator (La Journee)
Genres:  Microtonal Music; Orchestral Music
Subject:  Wyschnegradsky, Ivan, 1893-1979; Monologues with music (Orchestra)
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Wyschnegradsky, Ivan, 1893-1979; Myrat, Alexandre; Haniotis, Mario
Recording Date:  6/4/1976
First Broadcast Date:  12/14/1979
 
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