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Morning Concert:
Michael McClure Plays His Favorites

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 126 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

From a program recorded on July 6, 1989, Charles Amirkhanian’s guest is the noted poet Michael McClure, who in addition to his own literary prowess, is also a connoisseur of a diverse range of musical expression, as will be understood by the time he finishes playing selections from his favorite commercial recordings. Who else would mix Beethoven and Monteverdi with Funkadelic, and the Talking Heads? Whether listening to Jorge Demus in Brahms’ “Four Serious Songs,” Thelonious Monk jamming with John Coltrane, or McClure himself reciting his own poetry over the piano playing of Ray Manzarek, this eclectic and erudite program is bound to excite anyone interested in the internal workings of a great poet’s mind. Equally at peace listening to string quartets by Haydn and Dvořák, the psychedelic tinged funk of Prince, or the timeless blues of Howlin’ Wolf, McClure traces the threads that connect music, poetry, and spirituality, while escorting us on a ride through the the best of the past five hundred years of popular music. Music, during which, in McClure’s words, “you can hear the composer thinking.”

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Exulta Filia Sion, SV 303, for soprano and bass continuo (ca. 1629) (4:35) / Claudio Monteverdi -- One Nation Under A Groove (ca. 1978) (7:15) / George Clinton, Walter Morrison, & Garry Shider -- Ruby My Dear (ca. 1957) (6:15) / Thelonious Monk -- Trinkle, Tinkle (ca. 1957) (6:33) / Thelonious Monk -- Scandalous! (ca. 1989) (6:10) / Prince & John L. Nelson -- Vier ernste Gesänge (“Four Serious Songs”): Denn es gehet dem Menschen (”For That Which Befalleth The Sons Of Men”) (4:27) ; Ich wandte mich und sahe (”So I Returned, And Considered“) (4:27), Op. 121, Nos. 1-2, for baritone and piano [texts from “The Bible: Ecclesiastes”] (1896) / Johannes Brahms -- Three Hundred Pounds Of Joy (2:58) / Willie Dixon [arr. by Howlin’ Wolf]
Performers:  Accademia Claudio Monteverdi Venezia (Exulta)
Hans Ludwig Hirsch, director (Exulta)
Funkadelic (So High)
Thelonious Monk, piano (Ruby ; Trinkle)
John Coltrane, saxophone (Ruby ; Trinkle)
Wilbur Ware, bass (Ruby ; Trinkle)
Shadow Wilson, drums (Ruby ; Trinkle)
Prince, vocals, etc. (Scandalous!)
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone (Vier)
Jörg Demus, piano (Vier)
Howlin’ Wolf, voice and guitar (Three)
Genres:  Popular Music; Poetry
Subject:  Popular music; 17th century classical; Motets; Sacred songs (High voice) with continuo; Funk (Music) ; Jazz; Motion picture music; Rock music; Sacred songs (Medium voice) with piano; Blues (Music)
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles ; McClure, Michael; Monteverdi, Claudio, 1567-1643; Hirsch, Hans Ludwig; Clinton, George, 1940- ; Morrison, Walter ; Junie; Shider, Garry ; Monk, Thelonious ; Coltrane, John, 1926-1967 ; Ware, Wilbur ; Wilson, Shadow ; Prince ; Nelson, John Lewis, 1916-2001; Brahms, Johannes, 1833-1897; Fischer-Dieskau, Dietrich, 1925- ; Demus, Jörg, 1928- ; Dixon, Willie, 1915-1992 ; Howlin' Wolf, 1910-1976
Recording Date:  7/6/1989
First Broadcast Date:  7/6/1989
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Stanzas in Turmoil, for speaker and piano (14:30) / Ray Manzarek & Michael McClure -- String Quartet No. 53 in D major, Op. 64, No. 5 “The Lark” [1st movement] (5:41) / Joseph Haydn -- String Quartet No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 34 [final movement] (1877) (4:32) Antonín Dvořák -- Anna Stesia (ca. 1988) (4:52) / Prince -- Love Lion Blues, for speaker and piano (4:52) / Ray Manzarek & Michael McClure -- [unidentified jazz piano, may be “Autumn in New York”] (4:10) / Bud Powell -- (Nothing But) Flowers (5:29) / Talking Heads -- Mother Earth: Her Whales [excerpt, a poem] (ca. 1972) (1:03) / Gary Snyder -- Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 [finale, text by Friedrich Schiller] (1822-24) (13:24) / Ludwig van Beethoven
Performers:  Ray Manzarek, piano (Stanzas ; Love)
Michael McClure, speaker (Stanzas ; Love ; Mother)
Smetana Quartet (String Quartet No. 53)
American String Quartet (String Quartet No. 9)
Prince, vocals and guitar (Anna)
Bud Powell, piano (unidentified)
Talking Heads (Nothing)
Yvonne Kenny, soprano (Symphony)
Sarah Walker, mezzo-soprano (Symphony)
Patrick Power, tenor (Symphony)
The Schutz Choir of London (Symphony)
London Classical Players (Symphony)
Roger Norrington, conductor (Symphony)
Genres:  Classical Music; Poetry
Subject:  Popular music; Poetry -- Readings with music; 19th century classical; String quartets; Jazz; Poetry; Symphonies
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles ; McClure, Michael; Manzarek, Ray ; Haydn, Joseph, 1732-1809; Dvořák, Antonín, 1841-1904; Prince; Powell, Bud ; Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827; Schiller, Friedrich, 1759-1805; Kenny, Yvonne; Walker, Sarah, 1943- ; Power, Patrick, 1947- ; Norrington, Roger
Recording Date:  7/6/1989
First Broadcast Date:  7/6/1989
 
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