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Morning Concert:
Vincent Plush (1986)

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 141 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

In 1986 composer Vincent Plush, whose music in his native Australia enjoys a popularity akin to that of our own John Adams here, visited the KPFA studios to discuss his orchestra piece, "Pacifica", which was premiered June 14, 1986 by the Sydney Symphony under the direction of Zdeněk Mácal, at the Sydney Opera House on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of ABC-FM radio. Plush, born in Adelaide, South Australia, in 1950, also introduces important music by other Australians and talks about the plans for the celebration of the bicentennial of his country. Plush's music, incorporating Australian themes in the collage fashion of the American composer Charles Ives, has taken an internationalist turn in "Pacifica", a 25 minute work which celebrates the music of those cultures and countries in Latin America which border the Pacific Basin. The piece contains references to the mariachi musicians of Mexico City, and to Victor Jara, the Chilean folk singer martyred in the military coup of 1973.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Children's March "Over the hills and far away" (1916-18) / Percy Grainger -- FireRaisers / Vincent Plush -- Koorinda Braia (1842) / Isaac Nathan -- Earth Cry (1986) / Peter Sculthorpe
Performers:  Seymour Group (Children's)
Queensland Conservatory Ensemble (FireRaisers)
Paul Terracini, trumpet (FireRaisers)
Magpie Motet Choir (Koorinda)
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (Earth)
Jorge Mester, conductor (Earth)
Genre:  20th Century Classical
Subject:  Plush, Vincent, 1950-; Nathan, Isaac, 1792-1864; ABC Radio (Australia); 20th century classical; Music -- Australia; Composers -- Australia; Marches (Instrumental ensemble); Trumpet with instrumental ensemble; Choruses, Secular; Aboriginal Australians -- Songs and music; Orchestral music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Plush, Vincent, 1950-; Grainger, Percy, 1882-1961; Terracini, Paul; Nathan, Isaac, 1792-1864; Sculthorpe, Peter, 1929-2014; Mester, Jorge
Recording Date:  9/4/1986
First Broadcast Date:  9/4/1986
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Red Earth (1985) / Colin Bright -- Pacifica [excerpts] / Vincent Plush -- Herminda de la Victoria (1972) / Victor Jara -- Pacifica [excerpt] / Vincent Plush -- Double Concerto: Southern Cross [first two movements] (1981) / Barry Conyngham -- Wakefield Chronicles [last movement] (1986) / Vincent Plush
Performers:  Magpie Musicians (Red)
Vincent Plush, conductor (Red)
Sydney Symphony Orchestra (Pacifica ; Southern)
Zdenek Macal, conductor (Pacifica)
Niklaus Wyss, conductor (Southern)
Richard Woodward, piano (Southern)
Wanda Wilkomirska, violin (Southern)
Genre:  20th Century Classical
Subject:  Plush, Vincent, 1950-; Conyngham, Barry; ABC Radio (Australia); 20th century classical; Music -- Australia; Composers -- Australia; Aboriginal Australians; Instrumental ensembles; Orchestral music; Folk music -- Chile; Concertos (Violin and piano)
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Plush, Vincent, 1950-; Bright, Colin; Jara, Víctor, 1938-1973; Mácal, Zdeněk; Conyngham, Barry; Wyss, Niklaus; Woodward, Richard (Pianist); Wiłkomirska, Wanda, 1929-
Recording Date:  9/4/1986
First Broadcast Date:  9/4/1986
 
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