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Morning Concert:
The Music of John Haussermann

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 128 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA

One of the most unusual and inspiring stories in modern American music is that of composer John Haussermann. Born in 1909, to a wealthy family then living in Manila, Haussermann studied music at the Cincinnati Conservatory (1924"27) and at Colorado College, before going to Paris in 1930 to study organ with Marcel Dupré. While in Paris he became friends with Maurice Ravel and began serious study of composition with Paul Le Flem. Active in the Cincinnati area from the 1930s to the 1950s, he was the founder of the Contemporary Concert series in Cincinnati. In 1967 he moved to San Francisco where he was to reside until his death in 1986. An encouraging example to many others who live with a physical disability, Haussermann was born with cerebral palsy and was later confined to a wheelchair after being in a car accident, and yet he composed for decades in all media from chamber music to orchestral with the aid of a music secretary. In this program you will here some rare early recordings of his music, including the world premiere of perhaps his most famous composition the “Concerto for Voice and Orchestra, Op. 25”.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Piano Quintet, Op. 11 (1934) (20:08) -- Divertissement for String Quartet, Op. 21 (1939-41) (15:34) -- Symphony No. 3, Op. 34 [part 1] (1947) (13:34)
Performers:  Roth String Quartet (Quintet)
Feri Roth, violin (Quintet)
Jenő von Takács, piano (Quintet)
Kronos String Quartet (Divertissement)
David Harrington, violin (Divertissement)
John Sherba, violin (Divertissement)
Hank Dutt, viola (Divertissement)
Joan Jeanrenaud, cello (Divertissement)
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (Symphony No. 3)
Thor Johnson, conductor (Symphony No. 3)
Genres:  20th Century Classical; Chamber Music
Subject:  20th century classical; Chamber music; Piano quintets; String quartets; Symphonies
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Haussermann, John, 1909-1986; Roth, Feri, 1899-1969; Takács, Jenő, 1902-2005; Harrington, David (Violinist); Sherba, John; Dutt, Hank; Jeanrenaud, Joan; Johnson, Thor
Recording Date:  7/2/1980
First Broadcast Date:  7/2/1980
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Symphony No. 3, Op. 34 [part 2] (1947) (6:46) -- Symphony No. 1, Op. 16 [3rd & 4th movements] (1937-38) (13:35) -- Poeme et Claire de Lune, for violin and piano, Op. 20 (1939-40) (10:42) -- Concerto for Voice and Orchestra, Op. 25 (1942) (24:06)
Performers:  Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (Symphony No. 3 ; Concerto)
Thor Johnson, conductor (Symphony No. 3)
NBC Orchestra (Symphony No. 1)
Hans Wilhelm Steinberg, conductor (Symphony No. 1)
Denes Zsigmondy, violin (Poeme)
Anneliese Nissen, piano (Poeme)
Margot Rebeil, soprano (Concerto)
Eugene Goossens, conductor (Concerto)
Genres:  20th Century Classical; Orchestral Music
Subject:  20th century classical; Orchestral music; Symphonies; Violin and piano music; Songs (High voice) with orchestra; Vocalises (High voice) with orchestra
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Haussermann, John, 1909-1986; Johnson, Thor; Steinberg, William, 1899-1978; Zsigmondy, Denes; Nissen, Anneliese; Rebeil, Margot; Goossens, Eugene, Sir, 1893-1962
Recording Date:  7/2/1980
First Broadcast Date:  7/2/1980
 
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