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Morning Concert:
The Music by Johanna Magdalena Beyer, Mar. 30, 1990

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 110 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

This is the second 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 women, 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 second of two concerts devoted solely to Beyer’s work. The concert occurred on November 15, 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. Also heard on this program is an interview with guitarist and composer David Tanenbaum who discuses a concert that he was organizing that was to feature pieces for guitar ensembles by Steve Reich and Henry Brant, among others. 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 [excerpt from “Status Quo”] (1938) -- Percussion Suite (1933) (14:20) -- Dissonant Counterpoint [6 of 8 movements] (ca. 1930) (13:20) -- Gebrauchs-Musik (1934) (10:30) -- String Quartet No. 2 (1936) (9:20)
Performers:  Electric Weasel Ensemble (Spheres)
Frank Bulluffi, percussion (Suite)
John Kennedy, percussion (Suite)
Gregg Linde, percussion (Suite
James Rich, percussion (Suite)
Charles Wood, percussion (Suite)
Judith Gordon, piano (Dissonant ; Gebrauchs)
Deborah Wong, violin (Quartet)
Mia Wu, violin (Quartet)
Marlow Fisher, viola (Quartet)
Alvin McCall, cello (Quartet)
Genres:  20th Century Classical; Avant-Garde
Subject:  Beyer, Johanna Magdalena, 1888-1944; 20th century classical; Avant-garde (Music) ; Electronic music; Percussion ensembles; Suites (Percussion); Piano music; String quartets
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Beyer, Johanna Magdalena, 1888-1944; Bulluffi, Frank; Kennedy, John, 1959-; Linde, Gregg; Rich, James; Wood, Charles, 1959-; Gordon, Judith (Pianist); Wong, Deborah; Wu, Mia; Fisher, Marlow ; McCall, Alvin
Recording Date:  3/30/1990
First Broadcast Date:  3/30/1990
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Music of the Spheres, for strings and percussion [from “Status Quo”] (1938) (6:30) / Johanna Magdalena Beyer -- Electric Counterpoint [last movement] (1987) (3:26) / Steve Reich -- Raga Bihag [excerpt] (9:47)
Performers:  John Kennedy, triangle (Spheres)
Charles Wood, lion’s roar (Spheres)
Deborah Wong, violin (Spheres)
Mia Wu, violin (Quartet ; Spheres)
Alvin McCall, cello (Spheres)
David Tanenbaum, guitar (Electric)
Lalit Rao, vocals (Raga)
Sabri Khan, sarangi (Raga)
Baban Manjrekar, harmonium (Raga)
Balkrishna Iyer, tabla (Raga)
Genres:  20th Century Classical; Avant-Garde
Subject:  Beyer, Johanna Magdalena, 1888-1944; 20th century classical; Avant-garde (Music) ; Quintets (Percussion, triangle, violin (2), cello); Guitar with guitar ensemble; Minimal music; Ragas; Music -- India; Songs, Hindi; Hindustani music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Beyer, Johanna Magdalena, 1888-1944; Kennedy, John, 1959-; Wood, Charles, 1959-; Wong, Deborah; Wu, Mia; McCall, Alvin; Reich, Steve, 1936-; Tanenbaum, David; Lalit Rao; Khan, Sabri, 1925-; Manjrekar, Baban; Iyer, Balakrishna
Recording Date:  3/30/1990
First Broadcast Date:  3/30/1990
 
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