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Morning Concert:
Interviews with Andrew Imbrie and Charles Wuorinen (Jan. 11, 1985)

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 92 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

From a program broadcast on January 11, 1985, Charles Amirkhanian interviews Andrew Imbrie about a forthcoming retrospective concert of his works and his remembrances of Leo Ornstein, with whom he studied piano as a child. According to Imbrie, Ornstein is a very intuitive musician and served as an inspiration for his desire to become a composer. Imbrie also relates how Ornstein was himself led to composing as a means to recall the piano works that he was already improvising. Amirkhanian then introduces New York composer Charles Wuorinen, whose “Rhapsody” was scheduled to be performed by the San Francisco Symphony later that week. An advocate of well rehearsed performances of complex modern scores, Wuorinen has argued that audience acceptance of new works is greatly hindered by performances lacking in rehearsal preparation, in turn due to the limited financial resources allotted to such considerations. His own Group for Contemporary Music in New York largely has proven the point. At the time of this recording Wuorinen was composer-in-residence of the Louisville Orchestra and a member of the faculty at Rutgers University. The strongly opinionated Wuorinen then discusses his recent and past works, as well as his general view of the current contemporary classical music scene, which he claims is exhibiting a decline in standards and sensibilities, and is subject to too much frivolity and moral relativism. He sees much of the new music of the late 20th century as going to far in equating entertainment and art.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Pilgrimage, for piano, clarinet, flute, percussion, violin, and cello [excerpt] (1983) (3:28) / Andrew Imbrie -- Short Story, for piano (1982) (11:20) / Andrew Imbrie -- Grand Bamboula, for string orchestra (1971) (5:54) / Charles Wuorinen -- String Trio [excerpt, beginning of piece] (1968-69) (6:09) / Charles Wuorinen
Performers:  Collage Ensemble of Boston (Pilgrimage)
Betty Woo, piano (Short)
Light Fantastic Players (Grand)
Daniel Shulman, conductor (Grand)
Members of Speculum Musicae (String)
Rolf Schulte,violin (String)
John Graham, viola (String)
Fred Sherry, cello (String)
Genre:  20th Century Classical
Subject:  Imbrie, Andrew, 1921-; Ornstein, Leo, 1892 or 3-2002; Wuorinen, Charles; 20th century classical; Sextets (Piano, clarinet, flute, percussion, violin, cello); Piano music; String orchestra music; String trios
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Imbrie, Andrew, 1921-; Wuorinen, Charles; Woo, Betty; Shulman, Daniel ; Schulte, Rolf, 1949- ; Graham, John (Violist) ; Sherry, Fred
Recording Date:  1/11/1985
First Broadcast Date:  1/11/1985
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  String Trio [excerpt, end of piece] (1968-69) (8:05) / Charles Wuorinen -- Bearbeitungen über das Glogauer Liederbuch, for clarinet, flute, violin, and cello [after 15th century German music] (1962) (7:06) / Charles Wuorinen -- Concerto, for amplified violin and orchestra [excerpt] (1972) (2:31) / Charles Wuorinen
Performers:  Members of Speculum Musicae (String ; Bearbeitungen)
Rolf Schulte,violin (String)
John Graham, viola (String)
Fred Sherry, cello (String ; Bearbeitungen)
Paul Dunkel, piccolo/flute (Bearbeitungen)
Virgil Blackwell, clarinet/bass clarinet (Bearbeitungen)
Daniel Reed, violin (Bearbeitungen)
Paul Zukofsky, violin (Concerto)
University of Iowa Orchestra (Concerto)
James Dixon, conductor (Concerto)
Genres:  20th Century Classical; New Music
Subject:  Wuorinen, Charles; 20th century classical; Quartets (Clarinet, flute, violin, cello), Arranged; Music -- Philosophy and aesthetics; Concertos (Violin)
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Wuorinen, Charles; Schulte, Rolf, 1949- ; Graham, John (Violist) ; Sherry, Fred ; Dunkel, Paul; Blackwell, Virgil ; Reed, Daniel (Violinist); Zukofsky, Paul; Dixon, James
Recording Date:  1/11/1985
First Broadcast Date:  1/11/1985
 
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