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Morning Concert:
The Music by Johanna Magdalena Beyer, Mar. 29, 1990

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 118 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

This is the first of two programs devoted to the works of the largely forgotten German-American composer, Johanna Magdalena Beyer (1888-1944). Beyer, who died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, was a pioneering avant-garde composer who’s works would be lost if it were not for the preservation efforts of the American Music Center in New York City, to which she had donated her scores prior to her death. Beyer was by most accounts a tall, angular, painfully self-conscious woman, who nevertheless devoted herself to the cause of contemporary classical music, even serving as a personal secretary for Henry Cowell during his imprisonment on homosexual morals charges. This program includes recordings of Beyer’s music made at the first of two concerts devoted solely to Beyer’s work. The concert occurred on November 10, 1988 and was produced by Essential Music at the Greenwich House Auditorium in New York on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth. This program also includes an interview with tenor, Paul Sperry, President of the American Music Center, during which he describes the Center as well as some of his recording experiences, including one trying time performing a piece by Karlheinz Stockhausen. This program is hosted by Charles Amirkhanian, who’s persistent research is responsible for much of the renewed interest in this forgotten composer’s work. (from KPFA Folio)

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Music of the Spheres, for electronic instruments [from “Status Quo”] (1938) (5:52) -- IV, for percussion (1935) (2:00) -- Suite For Clarinet 1-B (1932) (7:47) -- Three Songs for Soprano and Clarinet: Total Eclipse ; Universal Local ; To Be [texts by Johanna M. Beyer] (1934) (6:43) -- Three Songs: Timber Moon ; Stars Songs Faces ; Summer Grass [texts by Carl Sandburg] (1933) (6:20) -- IV, for percussion (1935) (2:05)
Performers:  Electric Weasel Ensemble (Spheres)
Essential Music Percussion Ensemble (IV)
Linda Bouchard, conductor (IV)
Esther Lamneck, clarinet (Suite ; Songs)
Dana Hanchard, soprano (Songs)
Helen Lin, piano (Songs)
John Kennedy, percussion (Songs)
Genres:  20th Century Classical; Avant-Garde
Subject:  Beyer, Johanna Magdalena, 1888-1944; 20th century classical; Avant-garde (Music) ; Electronic music; Percussion ensembles; Suites (Clarinet); Songs (High voice) with clarinet; Songs (High voice) with piano and percussion
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Beyer, Johanna Magdalena, 1888-1944; Bouchard, Linda; Lamneck, Esther; Hanchard, Dana; Sandburg, Carl, 1878-1967; Lin, Helen; Kennedy, John, 1959-
Recording Date:  3/29/1990
First Broadcast Date:  3/29/1990
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  March for 30 Percussion Instruments (1939) (3:40) / Johanna Magdalena Beyer -- Three Movements, for percussion: Restless ; Endless ; Tactless (1939) (16:33) / Johanna Magdalena Beyer -- The Ballad of Longwood Glen [text by Vladimir V. Nabokov] (1975) (14:12) / Richard Wilson
Performers:  Essential Music Percussion Ensemble (March ; Movements)
Linda Bouchard, conductor (March ; Movements)
Paul Sperry, tenor (Ballad)
Nancy Allen, harp (Ballad)
Genres:  20th Century Classical; Art Songs
Subject:  Beyer, Johanna Magdalena, 1888-1944; Stockhausen, Karlheinz, 1928-; Babin, Victor, 1908-1972; Vronsky, Vitya; American Music Center (New York, N.Y.); 20th century classical; Avant-garde (Music) ; Art songs; Marches (Percussion ensemble); Percussion ensembles; Music -- Manuscripts; Music libraries; Songs (High voice) with harp; Computer music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Beyer, Johanna Magdalena, 1888-1944; Bouchard, Linda; Wilson, Richard, 1941-; Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich, 1899-1977; Sperry, Paul; Allen, Nancy; Spiegel, Laurie, 1945-
Recording Date:  3/29/1990
First Broadcast Date:  3/29/1990
 
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