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Morning Concert:
A Visit With Frederic Rzewski

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 55 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

Charles Amirkhanian and Russ Jennings are joined in the KPFA studio by Frederic Rzewski, an American composer and performer, who has spent much of his adult life living in Rome and Brussels. Rzewski was a founding member of the radical, electronic, music group, Musica Elettronica Viva (MEV), and the composer of a famous set of piano variations based on Sergio Ortega protest song “El Pueblo Undio Jamas Sera Vencido”. He is known for both his remarkable virtuosity as a performer, improviser and composer, as well as his committed involvement in leftist politics. How he resolves these in his work is a challenge which he has pursued with thoughtfulness and inventiveness of an uncommon sort. In this program he introduces a number of his pieces and talks about how his political views have influenced his work. (from KPFA Folio)

Musical Selections:  The People United Will Never be Defeated: 36 variations on “El pueblo unido jamás será vencido” [excerpt] (1975) (5:32) -- Attica [text by Richard X. Clark] (1972) (6:27) -- The Triumph of Death [excerpt, text by Peter Weiss] (1987"88) (7:24) -- Four North American Ballads: No. 4, Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues [excerpt] (1978-79) (3:24)
Performers:  Frederic Rzewski, piano (People ; Attica)
Richard Youngstein, bass (Attica)
Jon Gibson, saxophone (Attica)
Garrett List, trombone (Attica)
Alvin Curran, trumpet, piccolo (Attica)
Karl Berger, vibraphone (Attica)
Joan Kalisch, viola (Attica)
Steve Ben Israel, vocals (Attica)
Paul Jacobs, piano (Winnsboro)
Genre:  20th Century Classical
Subject:  Rzewski, Frederic; 20th century classical; Politics and culture; Variations (Piano); Protest songs; Monologues with music (Instrumental ensemble); Music theater
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Jennings, Russ; Rzewski, Frederic; Ortega, Sergio, 1938-; Clark, Richard X.; Weiss, Peter, 1916-1982; Youngstein, Richard; Gibson, Jon; List, Garrett; Curran, Alvin S., 1938-; Berger, Karl H.; Kalisch Joan; Ben Israel, Steve; Jacobs, Paul, 1930-1983
Recording Date:  1/19/1989
First Broadcast Date:  1/19/1989
 
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